Chapter 8

Chapter 8 - PoliticalParticipationandVotingLectureOutline

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Political Participation and Voting Lecture Outline What is political participation? Is voting the most important form of  political participation?  What explains levels of political participation? Does low voter turnout matter?  Why has participation declined over time? How can we improve voter turnout?
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What is political participation?   Political activities, such as voting, contacting political officials,  volunteering for a campaign, or participating in a protest, whose  purpose is to influence government Electoral and Non-electoral activities Why is so much attention given to voting? Time, effort, and money – cost benefit analysis The vote = an imperfect tool?
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Who participates and how?  History of  Suffrage in the US Voting – primary means of political participation Yet, a recent phenomenon Colonial period to 1971 Segments of the population gained the right to vote
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course POS 1041 taught by Professor Stokes-brown during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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Chapter 8 - PoliticalParticipationandVotingLectureOutline

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