Psych Notes Exam 1 - Lecture Citizen Competence How to...

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Lecture February 20, 2007 Citizen Competence How to think about people’s ability to function as a citizen politically in a democracy? When thinking about people involved in politics we need o think of people we know We think of people having differently ability levels, can use this for politics If our design for democracy is premised on a certain public ability which they don’t have then don’t have democracy We need to think about public we want to create democracy We need to question what public knows and decide if its true information or manipulation When claims are made about competence of democracy they can be used against us by anti- democracy o Who defines the standards of competence o Ex) suffrage laws: in U.S. we always draw lines of who can and cannot vote and ties to the assumption of competence Age restriction: up until certain age people aren’t competent to vote even though the age chosen is arbitrary Property owners: if own property more invested in the community and more competence to vote correctly to help democracy If we’re going to design ideal society/citizenry what qualities of citizens would one want to have? o A willingness to perform civic duties, willingness to participate in political activity How people actually think about, comprehend, and attend the political opinions/actions Discussion of mass belief systems is partly guided by citizen competence and partly who “do they” make sense of world Mill’s theory (John Stewart Mill) o Government by discussion o We govern ourselves through discussion o Democracy dependant for us to discuss with each other and also with our elected officials Elite Democratic Theory (minimalist democracy) o Walter Lippman – journalist and political observer, invented political psychology o Shared skepticism of “all competent” citizen notion coming out of West democracy because: Masses extremely disengaged with politics People have little knowledge, activism, or care about politics Masses can be easily manipulated/threat to governed society
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course POLI SCI 267 taught by Professor Soss during the Spring '07 term at University of Wisconsin.

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Psych Notes Exam 1 - Lecture Citizen Competence How to...

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