POINTS TO PONDER

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STUDY GUIDE: POINTS TO PONDER 1. What methods do politicians use to find out the moods, issues, etc. of their constituencies? a. 2. How is the media used in political campaigns? 3. What types of media are used and how effective are they? 4. What types of laws constrain the media in America? 5. What impact do the media have on political ideas in the US? 6. Which are the major parties in US history and which were the minor parties? 7. Why don’t minor parties play a more significant role in US politics? 8. What is Duverger’s Law and what are its implications? 9. How does partisanship influence public opinion/information processing? 10. How ‘scientific’ are public opinion polls? 11. What is polarization? 12. What are the three elements of political parties? 13. What is media concentration? 14. How does the media influence political decisions? 15. What are the party eras? Generally, what marks the move from one era to another? 16. How do third parties sometimes matter?
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Unformatted text preview: 17. How do electoral systems influence the number of and types of political parties? 18. What is the difference between micro- and aggregate level survey information? 19. When did parties first emerge in the US? 20. How do parties provide a “brand name”? 21. What values do party labels have for candidates? How do parties help to alleviate the collective action problem? 22. What is media concentration? 23. What types of stories, especially political stores, do the media tend to cover? 24. What are some basic campaign strategies and how do they differ between primaries and regular elections? 25. What are some of the hypothesized factors that decide how a man/woman votes? 26. What effect does increased spending have on House elections? 27. How do campaign finance rules differ for Congress and Presidential candidates? 28. How does partisanship influence public opinion/information processing?...
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