Consensus Theory vs. Conflict Theory
Consensus and conflict theories are two major different views that many have on the United States federal system. A federal system is a system of government in which power is divided between central authorities and designated political units. Consensus theory argues that our federal system promotes a fair balance of power and accountability among the branches of government. Thus, increasing society’s chance to influence governmental policies and maximizing individual and community decisions. While conflict theory argues that the wealthy society’s interests are protected under the federal system. Strengthening the upper class and limiting majority rule. American society appears very unclear on where they stand on these two theories.
Throughout the history of the development of federalism I believe the consensus theory has been in effect. Values such as peace, security, liberty, democracy, improvement, effectiveness and fairness have long been connected with the thought of federal
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