Poli. 100 Notes 5

Poli. 100 Notes 5 - Directional Theory assumes that voters...

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Issue Voting and its implications Proximity Model of choice Closeness determines evaluation The median voter is critical Directional model of choice Stimulation plus responsibility determines evaluation The median voter is critical Consequence of democratic selection of leaders on policy making in two party systems The proximity model of choice The dominance of the median voter position The dominance of centrist politics The directional model of choice The dominance of the median voter direction The dominance of popular policies The potential for party divergence The potential for policy shifts Proximity theory assumes voters have specific policy preferences and then voters choose based on distance Distance=[sum(voter position-candidate position)^2]^1/2
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Unformatted text preview: Directional Theory assumes that voters have diffuse policy preferences and that voters choose on the basis of directional stimulation and whether or not the candidate is an extremist Election turnout Why do people turn out? Resources Education, experience/age, income, efficacy, partisanship, social involvement, habit Excitement Close elections, high media attention Overt Stimulation Mobilization by parties Mobilization by candidates Why does the us have unusually low turnout levels? Registration laws Diffuse responsibility (accountability is low) No strong working class party High percentage of those were ineligible to vote Frequency of elections...
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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