POLS Chapter 10

POLS Chapter 10 - POLS Chapter 10 2008-11-10 Elections...

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POLS Chapter 10 11/10/08 9:17 AM Elections Elections will be the way that citizens exercise their control over the government. Principle agent theory suggests 2 problems when it comes to agency Agency involves acting for someone (people) The 2 problems Moral Hazard o Principles that agents may not share the same goals o If they don’t, agent might pursue their goals as opposed to your goals Adverse Selection o Not usually as much of a problem as moral hazard. Occurs when you don’t know if the agent you are selecting is capable of doing what they say they are going to do Delegate acts as an instrument for the constituency (a lot of times are single issue kind of candidates) Elections are the only opportunity most have in participating in political process and influencing government Elections are imperfect ways of influencing government, because government itself controls electoral process. Electoral Process I. Electoral Composition Who can vote? Who votes? Determining who can vote is a major civil rights struggle sometimes. Historically, both parties have erected obstacles to voting. Voting is federal and state issue. Limiting voting, so one party would not profit over the other. Revolution of 1800 – Election of Jefferson
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2009 for the course POLS 102 taught by Professor Hammock during the Spring '08 term at WVU.

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POLS Chapter 10 - POLS Chapter 10 2008-11-10 Elections...

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