PoliSci Notes 10-16

PoliSci Notes 10-16 - -less non Gov(leg 3 years(20-very low...

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Exam 2: Next Tuesday Quiz Game: This Thursday, questions already posted Party Leaders and Members (party in gov’t, office holders) -e.g. 150 seat legislature -Party A 100 seats, 5 members leadership Party Goals -win elections -represent an ideology -govern Elections -why? -Democratic Government -Representative Government: elections allow voters to express approval or disapproval of government -moral imperative: modern case, more participation the better -elections are nearly universal, regardless of where you go, you’ll find elections (China, Russia, N. Korea, Iran) -criteria for legitimate democratic elections -at least 2 candidates for each office that have a chance to win (A B A) democratic consolidation “competitive parties” -losers have to accept results until next election -procedural integrity and transparency -method of election contest -ease of voting -wide franchise -democratic coherence of result American Elections: -low turnout (max=55%) -national high: presidential (every 4 years) (45%)
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Unformatted text preview: -less: non Gov. (leg. 3 years) (20%)-very low: local, non-partisan (15%)-States hold primary elections (parties) to choose candidates for general elections 1. open: any registered voter 2. closed: reg. party voter 3. caucus: special type of closed primary -Registration easy<----------------------- hard same day---------------------waiting period (30 days Texas) -Why not use same day registration?-politics easy: higher turnout harder: lower turnout Liberals are helped Conservative is helped Urban, north, moralistic rural, south, traditionalistic-Who wins? -Incumbents (90% reelections rate) High visibility, name recognition, more campaign funding… won before -Downsian Voter Model- winners, American 2 party system-Why voters vote: issues voting-single member district: 1 seat per district, the one who gets the most votes wins the seat-proportional representation: multi-seat electoral districts where seats are assigned based on vote percentage...
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