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Elections PS 141B; Week 7, Lecture 12; November 14, 2007 1. Elections, in theory. A. Elections are the instrument through which popular sovereignty is maintained 1) “popular sovereignty” = “people are sovereign” = “people are in charge” 2) Process by which control is maintained is as follows: 2. Are elections effective instruments of popular control? A. Common argument suggests not 3. Factors that shape voting decisions at the micro-level A. Party identification: Research suggests that many voters have a permanent attachment to one of the major parties. 1) Very difficult to get Republican’s to “buy” the Democratic message and vice- versa. 2) Resistance to change is even greater below the presidential level. 3) APO defines “normal votes” as votes that breaks along party lines. B. The role of national issues in voting decisions in non-presidential and presidential elections. 1)
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