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CHAPTER 1: DEMOCRACY IN THE UNITED STATES The Permanent Campaign Goes into Overtime Bush election hotly contested, 271/548 electoral votes, several hundred thousand less votes, White House decisions based on gaining popularity Karl Rove domestic advisor, chief political strategist , white house decisions reflected political calculations Campaign finance reforms disallowed ‘hard hitting’ campaigns, developed “527 Committees” to independently run adds Making the Connection Campaigns long and drawn out, lots of $, mass media Elections are key to understanding contemporary American democracy Elections more important in USA, minorities influence majorities Does is matter if governments freely elected or chosen Do elections produce decent governments Elections in America #1 Elections more than the Day or formal campaigns- ‘permanent campaign’ (always looking to the next election) Elections outcomes determined very far in advance by anticipatory actions of candidates, groups, contributors, the media and other political actors #2 Elections not accurate expressions of popular preferences (“the people” don’t rule) Special interest groups can block/influence majority Elected by different majorities can deadlock #3 Elections not key, only ingredient Dependent on historical evolution of govt, political behavior of Americans, workings of country’s basic institutions, policies that processes generate Half-a-Million Elected Officials 1 for every 500 citizens National Elections every two years (federal): President, vice President, 100 senators, 435 Representatives, most media attention State elections for governor and state legislature, sometimes lieutenant gov, treasurer, attorney general, auditor, railroad/public utility commissioners Local elections for mayor, city council, sheriffs, treasurers, boards, school boards, other officials Judges often elected or preside over recall elections (Attempt to remove an official from office before completion of the term)
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