06 Political Participation

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1 National Government Political Participation Mystery of Nonvoting • Why don’t more people vote? • Who benefits and who is hurt when massive numbers of people stay away from the polls? • More than four in ten people do not show up at the polls Voter Turnout - President
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2 Voter Turnout - Congress Four Major Social Characteristics Divide Voters and Nonvoters • Age • Income • Race • Education
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3 Low Efficacy • Feeling that you can have an effect. • Not Apathy Classic Example • Anthony Downs’ An Economic Theory of Democracy • Median Vote Theory • Cost of Voting Rational Choice Theory Homo economicus • Key Assumptions – Outcomes can be assigned value, if their value is not obvious; and are complete and ordered. – Strategic: Maximize the net value of their expected returns – Individuals are calculating • Complete information: Costs and Benefits
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4 Elite Theories of Nonvoting • Why worry? – Some people lack the interest
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2008 for the course PLS 320 taught by Professor Snook during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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