Political Participation - Political Participation o What is...

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Political Participation o What is it? (*) Those activities of citizens that attempt to influence the structure of government, the selection of government officials, or the policies of government Lots of methods Easiest is voting o Conventional Participation (*) Relatively routine behavior that uses established institutions of representative government A practical test of whether people of the country can affect the policies within the system o If they can’t then the system isn’t democratic Supportive behavior o Raising a flag o Joining the military Influencing behavior o An effort to modify or reverse govt policy to serve political interest o Particular benefits Individual benefits o Broad policy objectives Environmental groups Examples o Voting o Writing letters o Holding debates o Unconventional Behavior(*) Relatively uncommon behavior that challenges or defies established institutions or the dominant culture and thus it is personally stressful to the participants and their opponents
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This note was uploaded on 07/05/2008 for the course GOVT 2301 taught by Professor Combs during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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