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Unformatted text preview: Elite has two options: it can either share public opinion, or not share public opinion. If it shares public opinion its choice is simple: it does what it and the public want. If it doesn't share public opinion, then it has three choices. It can 1. try to change public opinion 2. ignore public opinion 3. (gulp) change own opinion 2. Miscellany: There is a great deal of opinion without information. No one really needs information to have an opinion (fill in your own joke on this one). Most people don't care about most public issues most of the time. Often the leaders of the country pay attention only to what is called the "attentive public" -- people who do pay attention on selected issues. These people often represent or are members of groups affected by specific policies....
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course POLI SCI, 1040 taught by Professor Elizabeth during the Spring '09 term at North Texas.
- Spring '09