Lecture 3-27-2007

Lecture 3-27-2007 - Political Science 104 Lecture March 27,...

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Political Science 104 Lecture March 27, 2007 Electoral Deliberation Elections as measure of collective choice/aggregating individual preferences Implications for how voters form those preferences, and how they are permitted to express them Political Psychology-Where do our preferences come from Political communication-how do candidates and elites attempt to inform and persuade Process: How voters are able to express their preferences Assumption Voters are "rational" (soft definition) Have preferences that reflect desired positions Prefer candidates and outcomes that are closer to those preferences, not farther away. Implication During an election, a candidate attempts to communicate his/her position to voters Candidates are constrained by their previous commitments (“flip- flopping”) Generally speaking, candidates have incentives to take a more centrist position Candidates have an incentive to be ambiguous Note: election graphics here Levels of Political Information
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How much knowledge do people have about politics? Do they have enough info to accurately locate their preferences? To
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