American Political System_Baugher__Date__030310

American Political System_Baugher__Date__030310 - Election...

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Who participates? - Depends upon: - Income variation ( people with higher incomes are more likely to vote) - Resources and psychological engagement - Generational variation (younger people are less likely to vote) - Community ties, resources and psychological engagement - Race and Ethnicity (whites are most likely to vote) - many are ineligible to vote due to felony convictions, citizenship, etc - Difference in types of participation among groups - Gender - Women are more likely to vote - Women less likely to donate money, contact officials, or join organizations - Resources (less resources than men; time and money) and psychological engagement (women are socialized in society) America in the Comparative perspective - Why are our American voting levels so low? - +1/4 eligible population is not registered
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Unformatted text preview: - Election Day- On a Tuesday, people have to take off from work or find a babysitter; other countries make election day a national holiday- Demographic Overload- Too many elections, too many candidates, not given enough information to make a decision (don’t understand propositions and referendums)- Political efficacy- People don’t think their votes will really make a difference What is the role of POLITICAL PARTICIPATION in policy?- Agenda Building- Grassroots political involvement and elections can set the agenda - Formulation and Adoption- Most noticeable at LOCAL level- Implementation and Evaluation- Grassroots and legal movements to change implementation- Opinions shape evaluation (e.g. letters) Not DIRECT but REPRESENTATIVE...
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