11-7-07 - GOV 310L Political Participation Extension of the...

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GOV 310L 07/11/2007 11:59:00 Political Participation Extension of the right to vote Recent declines in voter turnout Ways to increase voter turnout Is low voter turnout good or bad? Intro Perceptions of polarization Four sources of this perception o Many analysts confuse closely divided with deeply divided o political activists are not “normal” people the people who are very active in political going-ons are not the  norm.  most people are in the middle and don’t participate as  much o media coverage emphasis on the political class the political class is not “normal” and they are the ones  that are over-represented in relation to the overall  population in the US negativity and newsworthiness biases saying that most people are in the middle does not  insight as much interest as does polarization o many analysts confuse positions and choices An international comparison USA (2004) 55% England (1997) 75% Australia (1996) 96% Belgium (1999) 91%
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South Africa (1999) 89% Indonesia (1999) 93% Voters vs. Non-voters compared to non-voters, voters tend to… o have higher status o have stronger organizational ties
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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