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Exam II Review - 14 What happens to political parties over...

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POLS 206 Instructor: Jesse Chupp Exam II Review Sheet Spring 2008 1. Describe the Stratified Random Sample method of polling. 2. What is political socialization? 3. What do the variables in the voter behavior model represent? 4. How do we decide which variables to include in a scientific model? 5. What attitude must be taken about all scientific theories? 6. Why were the first “parties” in the American party change discussion classified as “quasi-parties?” 7. How did Ronald Reagan affect his party? 8. List three things that a successful political party must accomplish. 9. Why does America have a two-party system of political parties? 10. Why must scientific research use samples and what are the logical implications of this fact? 11. Which Greek thinker was mentioned as a predecessor to the modern scientific approach to political science? 12. How did the masses of disenfranchised members of pre-democratic societies gain the right to vote? 13. What unites the recent Republican ruling coalition?
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Unformatted text preview: 14. What happens to political parties over time? 15. Describe FDR’s ruling coalition. 16. What factors led to the downfall of FDR’s coalition in 1968? 17. Describe the Downsian Voter Model and its implications for a polity with a two-party system. 18. Describe the interaction between the parties in any particular cycle. 19. Describe the logical necessity of basic assumptions prior to scientific investigation. 20. Why was the Republican Party unable to maintain its dominance after Reconstruction? 21. What factors led to a period of indeterminate party dominance from 1875 to 1932. 22. Describe American voter turnout trends and the effects of registration laws. 23. What is the difference between winning elections and governing? 24. What motivates voters’ choices? 25. What are the historic and contemporary effects of religion on voting in America?...
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