PoliSci Notes 10-2

PoliSci Notes 10-2 - Voting, Political Socialization,...

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Voting, Political Socialization, Public Opinion -modern scientific methods -scientific method: define the object of inquiry All observable Phenomenons All observerable social phenomenons All observable political phenomenons Voting Dependant variable All possible caused motivations for voting Each person has different reasons for voting the reasons they do (independent variables) There are a set of variables that determine the way people votes -implication: explanatory limits, probabilistic results -suspected caused variables: education, geography, religion, income, parental party preference, age, ideology, gender, race, etc. -Why? Previous theoretical reasons -proxies for agents of political socialization -political socialization is the process by which people gain political knowledge -agents of political socialization: media, parents, personal experience, formal education, Religious organizations, peers, political parties -bias -limits to human knowledge -proposed hypothesis individual variations (age, gender, rel, etc.) causing dependent
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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PoliSci Notes 10-2 - Voting, Political Socialization,...

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