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February 14 I. What we want elections to do A. A good democratic election A.a. No violence A.b. Clean (no fraud) A.c. Satisfying percentage of the people go to the polls B. Absence of demagoguery B.a. Demagog B.b. Appeal to phony emotional issues B.b.i. Negative emotions B.b.ii. Nothing to do with the campaign C. Debate should be civil C.a. Answer question instead of insulting each other D. Election makes the difference D.a. Bad election 1964 D.a.i. Peace candidate D.a.ii. Year and a half later went to war D.a.iii. People voted for peace and got war D.b. Bad 1988 dominated by demagoguery D.c. 1980 was pretty good D.c.i. Lot of policy discussion D.d. 1996 was good II. Coalitional Basis of the Parties A. Coalition – a group or party that try to get their candidate elected. A.a. Republic coalition ( The Reagan Coalition ) – consists of economic conservatives plus social conservatives A.a.i. Economic conservatives – less government regulation on the economy, lower taxes on the rich people, anti-organized labor A.a.ii. Social conservatives – church goers, anti gay rights, anti
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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