Van Dijk’s Notion of Elites The notion of the elites according to Van Dijk is based upon groups of people in the society who wield a form of power over other people. According to this notion, there can be various elite groups in the society. These groups usually have control or access to critical resources in specific areas. From this definition, one gets to see that elites can come from the political, state, scientific, corporate or social settings (Dijk page 44). Their ability to influence matters in these areas makes them elites.
The first point is that Dalton (2008, 139) recognizes Germany as an advanced industrial democracy which was included in his cross-national comparisons in chapter 8 of The Good Citizen. By sharing common features of an advanced democratic country, applying Dalton’s theory to explain German politics may face fewer obstacles in dealing with incomparable factors than to illustrate other different types of political system. The second point is that percentage of German people who are involved in any act of protest is increasing in any age group from 2006 to 2012 (Figure 3). This feature of the German politics is similar to the American politics to the extent that people engage more in assertive political actions but different in the way that all age groups of German people simultaneously become more engaged while this norm change slowly occurs in the United States and strongly correlate with generation shift. The last point is that both America and Germany have the healthy democracy which is supported by stable interest level in politics (explained in the Political Participation in Germany of this report) and optimistic opinions of people believing in their democratic political system (Figure 4).
In Sweden's case, there are two parties In the government, The social democrats and the green party. Even though these parties are similar in certain areas they’re still different. But having different views does not have to be a bad thing. To have more than one perspective in the government is a big advantage for the citizens, But not so much for the parties. The legislative process gets slowed down but Thoroughly negotiating proposals will lead to the final result being more thought through.
As well, they did not care about their citizens. This proves that politics was one of the most important causes of the Democratic Revolution because the monarchs did not care of hurting the people by imprisoning innocent people without giving them any trial. As well, before the revolution in Venezuela, Spain at that time ruled Venezuela as a colony.
The Nazi Party was revered and feared because they were able to exploit people’s fears. The Nazi party existed before the rise of Hitler, but they were a small and virtually unnoticeable party. The entire world was hit by an economic depression in the early 1930s and Germany was not immune. The people of the country were angry and impatient and feared that their parliament was too weak to rectify the economic situation. The Nazi party saw this opportunity and met their community with an alternative, strong leadership.
Denmark has deep values that root into their egalitarianist society, which means they have a heavy belief that all people should be treated equal. Having these types of values greatly affects their social norms such as women being very highly respected business persons in many different industries
By Hitler influencing the youth it would help the Nazi Party gain more support because the youth was hope for the future.The political and economic disorganization in the postwar led to the rise of new political parties. One of these parties was the Nazi party and Hitler was one of the party's first recruits. Hitler was put into power and the Nazi Party had complete power over Germany, anything what Hitler wanted was passed easily through the power of this government. Many people were desperate and the people wanted someone to lead them and help them recover after the war. Hitler's political policies were unfair, but the German people saw a greater political stability in Hitler which gave Hitler more support and was able to gain power.
In that case, the power elite is the power of individuals that are able to shape churches and schools; in order, for society to adapt. The power elite share a set of beliefs to help “coexist as well to maintain their consolidated power.” (Shawnson, 1989, 1) In other words the power elite are those who have the greater power and privilege and are able to make decisions that will have major effect in society. A quote that called my attention in The Power Elite book is “ Families and churches and schools adapt to modern life; governments and armies and corporations shape it; and, as they do so, they turn these lesser institutions into means for their ends.” (Mills, 1956, pg, 74) Meaning that everyone has a duty and everyone structures society into different occupations. Some have the power and privilege as others work for the people to keep society in a structure way. For example, an articled named Power Elite Now, mentions how Mills calls attention to a man, Winthrop W. Aldrich, the American ambassador to Great Britain, who was a director of 4 of the top 25 companies in America in 1950.
As the name implies, this party was quite the opposite of the Federalists. The DR party was populist, meaning they believed in representing the common people. This party believe that there should not be a strong central government, and that power should be mostly held by the states. This strength of this system would be that it would allow states to conduct their own business, and be able to more appropriately and quickly solve matters of local and state importance, while keeping freedoms that could be taken by a central government. Both of these systems have their pros and cons, and as such a mix of both is preferable.
As the foundations of a successful government system, political parties help keep balance of power and uphold the Democratic ideals of the United States. These parties have origins that can trace back to the early sectional tensions in America. These sectional tensions were the primary reasons for the development and progression of political parties in the United States. As early as 1800, signs of deviation would appear. Following Jackson’s election into office and the consequent overturn of an entire political party, his Democratic-Republicans could not build a loyal following.