How does the concept of the “Polis Model” help understand a specific contemporary political figure or an American institution of government such as the Presidency, Congress, the Judiciary etc

How does the concept of the “Polis Model” help understand a specific contemporary political figure or an American institution of government such as the Presidency, Congress, the Judiciary etc

The attached document is Chapter 1 of Deborah Stone’s book, POLICY PARADOX: THE ART OF POLITICAL DECISION MAKING (this is one of the most well-known books on public policy, or the action or output of government).  The attached chapter describes the difference between the “Market Model” and the “Polis Model” within our society. This description describes fundamental elements of human behavior that Stone assumes are a given in our society, and contrasts them with axioms of the conventional Market Model. What do you make of Stone’s “Polis Model” and how would you describe the “Polis Model” for someone who has not read Stone’s text before?  How does Stone’s model help you to better understand some aspect of our course material (in other words, our course text or a discussion posting assignment) you have encountered in our class this semester (please include specific citations to the course material here)?  How does the concept of the “Polis Model” help understand a specific contemporary political figure (either an individual serving in some sort of capacity within the executive, legislative, or judicial branches) or an American institution of government itself (the Presidency, Congress, the Judiciary, etc.)?

 

 

 

In the spirit of politics, this discussion question is in the form of a debate, which means that you must take a side. If you were to work for an elected official, would you prefer to work in a smaller group that is more hands-on, grassroots, and collaborative, or would you rather work in a large, bustling atmosphere of professional politico and consultants? Which do you think would produce better results? Use examples to support your opinion.

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