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Unformatted text preview: o Recurrent themes in the course Rules and procedures matter Institutions help alleviate the problems of collective action with routines and processes Institutions have unintended consequences and shape behavior and outcomes. Political outcomes are the products of individual preferences and institutional procedures Elections matter More than half a million elected officials (1 per 500 americans). Elections shape and constrain decisions of public officials. o In order to hold onto their jobs they need the support of voters which constrain their behaviors. They need to keep their voters happy. o If elections were not needed then politicians would not really have any restraints....
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