Lecture slides Fall 08 Sept 2

Lecture slides Fall 08 Sept 2 - Lecture Outline, 9/2/08...

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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Outline, 9/2/08 Introduction Course Goals Syllabus Overview Distrust of Government Iraq and the Democratic Congress Five elements of the logic of American politics 1) Political institutions matter 2) Politicians are strategic actors (most of the time) 3) Elections make politicians agents of their constituents (most of the time) 4) Voters are not like politicians. Voting behavior / public opinion is shaped by interests, identities, and core values. 5) Collective action problems are central to politics Course Goals Provide a deeper theoretical understanding of how American politics works Tools to evaluate the effectiveness of our political system Forces promoting (and undermining) Responsiveness Basic grounding in main features of U.S. political system Percentage of Americans w ho follow politics "most of the time" (source: National E lection S tudies) 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 % who follow politics Year % interested in politics Sense that government listens?Sense that government listens?...
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Lecture slides Fall 08 Sept 2 - Lecture Outline, 9/2/08...

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