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5-1-2020

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For centuries, Athens has been widely and popularly viewed as "the first democracy" a perspective especially popular among American political candidates and public school teachers. The United States' government system of democratic checks and balances is often taught as a reflection of the original Athenian government, but how similar are these systems in actuality? By analyzing Aristotle's "Constitution of the Athenians" this paper will establish how both the Athenian politicians and the Athenian public were able to contribute to government, especially how they were able to participate in what we know today as "checks and balances." The analysis particularly focuses on the creation of laws and how the Athenian process compares to the process employed in the United States. To do so, the paper uses both Aristotle's "Constitution of the Athenians" and the United States Constitution's to compare the checks and balances of their respective democracies. A particular focus will be placed on i..Aristotle's Greek text and the particular words used to describe the system - both their denotations and connotations, especially in cases where they are the basis of English words describing the same process (e.g. "democracy"). How democratic are the checks and balances in actuality, and how similar are the lawmaking government systems of Athens and America?

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From Athens to America: Checks and Balances in Democracies

For centuries, Athens has been widely and popularly viewed as "the first democracy" a perspective especially popular among American political candidates and public school teachers. The United States' government system of democratic checks and balances is often taught as a reflection of the original Athenian government, but how similar are these systems in actuality? By analyzing Aristotle's "Constitution of the Athenians" this paper will establish how both the Athenian politicians and the Athenian public were able to contribute to government, especially how they were able to participate in what we know today as "checks and balances." The analysis particularly focuses on the creation of laws and how the Athenian process compares to the process employed in the United States. To do so, the paper uses both Aristotle's "Constitution of the Athenians" and the United States Constitution's to compare the checks and balances of their respective democracies. A particular focus will be placed on i..Aristotle's Greek text and the particular words used to describe the system - both their denotations and connotations, especially in cases where they are the basis of English words describing the same process (e.g. "democracy"). How democratic are the checks and balances in actuality, and how similar are the lawmaking government systems of Athens and America?