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Participation and Democracy GOV 310 Keith Lecture 6
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and the question is… Does the government treat the citizens like sheep? How much power does the average voter really have, and what aspects are out of their control? Responsiveness in Democracy http://laits.utexas.edu/gov310/DC/index.html
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Participation and Democracy I. What is Political Economy? II. What is Political Participation? III. Forms and Levels of Participation IV. Voting as Political Participation V. Participation, Government Responsiveness, and Democracy
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I. Political Economy A. Definition: Human activity and social, political, and governmental institutions that are interwoven with the economy. B. Role of Elites in Responsiveness of Government
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II. What Is Participation? Activities by private citizens aimed at influencing the selection of government personnel and/or their actions.
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III. Forms & Levels of Participation Conventional Unconventional Range: Complete Activists to
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Unformatted text preview: Completely Inactive III. Forms & Levels of Participation Why Non-participation? Individual reasons System reasons IV. Voting as Political Participation Numbers Turnout variation across groups Percent Base of Registered Voters Base of Voting Age Population Registration and Turnout http://www.usavotenet.com/turnout.htm http://elections.gmu.edu/voter_turnout.htm Voter Turnout around the World http://laits.utexas.edu/gov310/PIG/index.html Nonvoters Share of Vote http://laits.utexas.edu/gov310/PIG/index.html Voter Turnout by Age 0.0% 20.0% 40.0% 60.0% 18-29 35-54 70+ Series1 Voting: Race, Income, Education, Region, Cultural Affinity http://www.laits.utexas.edu/gov310/VCE/20 V. Participation, Government Responsiveness, and Democracy Who participates? Pluralism vs. Elitism Elites, Nonelites, and Democracies...
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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