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-About one fifth (22%) of the population is inactive when it comes to voting -Activists which are well educated middle age Americans make up about one-ninth of the population (11%). -The voting specialists are people who vote but do little else. -Campaigners not only vote but also like to get involved in campaign activities. -Communalists are much like campaigners in social background but have a fvery different temperament: they do not like the conflict and tension of partisan campaigns. -Parochial Participants, who do not vote and stay out of election campaigns and civic associations but are willing to contact local officials about specific, often personal problems. Chapter 7 -American political parties are the oldest in the world.(Democrat is the oldest party) -A political party is a group that seeks to elect candidates to public office by supplying
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Unformatted text preview: them with a label-a “party identification’-by which they are known to the electorate.-The attitudes and traditions of American voters reinforce the institutional and legal factors that make American parties relatively weak.-The founders disliked parties, thinking of them as “factions” motivated by self-intrest.-A political machine is a party organization that recruits its members by the use of tangible incentives-money, political jobs, an opportunity to get favors from gov.-Ideological parties differs from the machine because they value principles above everything else-Elections at every level of government are based on the plurality, winner-take all method. The plurality system means that in all elections the winner is that person who gets the most votes, even if he or she does not get a majority of all votes cast. Chapter 8...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course THEATRE 101 taught by Professor Baxter during the Spring '08 term at Coastal Carolina University.

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