Lecture 2 - PLSC 1 American Politics Spring 2006 Lecture...

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PLSC 1 American Politics Spring 2006 Lecture Two: Deciding to Decide
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2/20 Intro Elections (LGW ch. 10, Bianco pp. 67-77) 2/22 Exam 1 2/27 How Voters Decide (LGW ch. 8, Bianco pp. 77-90) 2/28 SPECIAL EVENING CLASS 7:00 – 9:30 pm (We will watch The War Room , a film about the 1992 Clinton Presidential Campaign) 3/1 Campaigns and Campaigning (Bianco, pp. 91-106) 3/6-8 No class (Spring Break) Exam 2 days later Film 1 week later, only 1 showing
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Intuitions about Group Decisions “Who cares how we decide -- let’s just vote.” Within broad ranges, outcome determined by preferences, not method of decision. Many equally fair voting rules. 2000 election seen as anomaly (minority winner, recount, Supreme Court adjudication)
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WRONG! Many seemingly fair voting rules, none obviously best. Many commonly used rules are “unfair” in one way or another. Method of decision can determine choice: different “reasonable” rules produce different winners. If so, selection of rules not an abstract debate, really a fight over outcomes. These findings are generically true 2000 typical, not exception.
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Running Example: 1912 Presidential Elections Woodrow Wilson, Democratic party candidate Robert Taft, then President and Republican Party candidate.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course PL SC 001 taught by Professor Gold,suzannemcampbell,thomasc during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Lecture 2 - PLSC 1 American Politics Spring 2006 Lecture...

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