Study Guide for Final Examination

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Study Guide for Final Examination Political Science 334 Dr. Abramson Fall 2006 The examination will have five questions, each of which will have five parts. You will need to answer three out of five questions. 1. One question will be virtually the same as question 1 of the second optional examination. It will differ in two minor ways. For parts b and d, I will ask you to discuss the results of the 2006 midterm election. 2. One question will be based upon the Axelrod formula. Some of the parts to this question will be new, and others will be changed slightly from question 2 of the second optional hourly examination. 3. One question will be the same as the last question of the first optional examination. The only difference is that you will be asked to compare the results for a different dependent variable and for different subgroups. 4. As for the two remaining questions, I will not provide any hints other than to say this: one will be based upon material in Part II of the course, “U.S. Presidential Election Campaigns,” and the second will be based upon material from the fourth part of the course, “Elections in Britain, France, Germany, and Israel.” Questions 1 and 2 from the second optional hourly examination and question 2 from the first optional hourly examination are below.
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Question 1 from the second optional hourly examination: Ever since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, politicians, political scientists, and pundits have argued about whether or not there has been a partisan realignment. At a Republican fund raiser in 1985, Reagan proclaimed, “The other side would like to believe that our victory last November was due to something other than our philosophy. . . . I just hope they keep believing that. There’s a change happening in America. Realignment is real.” Evaluate Reagan’s claim by answering the following questions. (a) What is a partisan realignment? What are the five basic characteristics of
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