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Chapter 11 The size of America makes self-government by direct democracy impossible o Must govern with indirect democracy through the delegation of authority to a small number of representative agents Delegation raises the possibility of agency loss (agents not doing what you want). It also makes it harder to spot since we often don’t know what the agents are doing or why they are doing it. Solution : hold regular, free, competitive elections The benefits of elections are collective benefits. Political leaders use their limited resources efficiently, targeting the people who are cheapest to reach and the likeliest to respond and vote. Mobilization – “getting out the vote.” Mobilization occurs when activists working for parties, candidates, or interest groups ask members of the electorate to vote Politicians naturally cater to the people whose votes control their futures. National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Law)
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2010 for the course POLS 140 taught by Professor James during the Spring '08 term at Bucknell.

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