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Unformatted text preview: when there is no candidate they support running, etc) Is there really a decline? o Hard to determine a base year o Denominator is problematic since it uses the voting age population with many that are ineligible to vote (which isnt stable over time) Included in the number of eligible voters are those in jail (who cant vote), aliens in the US (who arent able to vote), etc Candidate selection vs. nomination Social structural distinction surrounding political parties o Outside circle: party in the electorate (dem/rep voters at a given time) o Middle circle: party organization or workers (the campaigners) o Inner circle: party in government (those who hold office under party a label) Successful American party because of duration, two-party system, and competitive partisan balance...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSCI 100 taught by Professor Oppenheimer during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.
- Spring '08