310LSpring2008Elections&Participation

310LSpring2008Elections&Participation - Participation,...

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Participation, voting, and elections
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Key themes on participation and elections [mainly from the textbook] The 2004 presidential election Models of electoral democracy Prospective (“responsible party”) voting model Electoral competition (“strategies of divergence and of convergence”) voting model Multiparty with proportional representation [from previous lecture; not in textbook] Parliamentary system [from lecture; not in textbook] Nature of American elections Key features Comparison to other countries’ elections
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Basic functions of elections [Edwards] elect public officials as specified by law reveal public opinion about what government has done, is doing, or should be doing influence public policy evaluate officials’ performance evaluate campaign promises
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Deeper effects of elections make people feel involved encourage peaceful political action, thus strengthening commitments to existing system
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