11-14 Lecture - 1 Forms of Participation non-elected...

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1. Forms of Participation - non-elected participation - electoral participation 2. Voter Turnout in America 3. Who votes/who doesn’t vote? - Why don’t they vote? (4 traditional explanations) - Do we want them to vote? - If yes, how do we get them to vote? idea of democracy implies participation voting is the primary form of participation lobbying: efforts of groups and individuals to influence the legislation that’s passed- direct contact with politicians organized groups and interests can also participate through PR campaigns can try to influence public opinion litigation is another way of participating- persistence adherence to strategy of litigation and it took a very different form of protest Electoral Participation Gladiators: they run for office and candidates/ activists themselves constituting ~3.8% of electorate Facilitators: people who make donations, attend protests, write letters, volunteer in campaigns (less labor intensive) ~9% of electorate
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