POLI 101 - oct 25 political change

POLI 101 - oct 25 political change - Income- Money buys...

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Political Parties and Political Change October 25, 2010 POLI 100 1. How good a job do the parties do in the US? 2. Party Identification a. What is it? b. Why does it work? b.i. Shared values b.ii. Cognitive dissonance c. Distribution and trends 3. Realignment and dealignment 4. Turnout in America a. Who turns out and why? b. Trends b.i. People don’t turn out as much because of apathy, too many elections, time and when of elections, no labour party, 5. Why do people turn out? a. Demographic factors (has nothing to do with attitudes) b. Resources: b.i. Education -makes people think they are making a change b.ii. Experience (age) - Age is the best indicator of voter turnout. Older people see much more and politics become more relevant b.iii.
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Unformatted text preview: Income- Money buys time b.iv. Efficacy(not demographic but personal) the way you understand politics and want to affect politic b.v. Partisanship very important. Country is becoming more independent b.vi. Social involvement (e.g. church membership) b.vii. Habit c. Excitement: close election, high medica attention d. Overt stimulation: mobilization by parties, mobilization by candidates 6. Why does the US have unusually low turnout levels? a. Registration laws b. Diffuse responsibility (accountability is low) c. Veto votes d. No strong working class party e. High percentage of those ineligible to vote f. Frequency of election (we vote for many different offices)...
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