Politicians dont pander but they do pay attention to

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Politicians don’t pander, but they do pay attention to public opinion Problems associated with making policy based on public opinion polls -Americans lack knowledge -Opinions are often inconsistent -Public opinion changes over time Problems associated with ignoring public opinion -less representative Three Theories of Representation Delegate- Representative should vote according to the preferences of her constituency Trustee- Representative should vote based on what he of she thinks is best for her constituency
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Responsible party- Representative campaigns on a platform and once in office, will do what he/she promises to do. Individual Factors -Socio-economic Resources (income, education, etc.) -Psychological engagement (political interest, efficacy, and partisanship) -Civic Skills -Other Demographics -Residential mobility -Urbanization Does low Turnout Matter 1)Representation Evolution of Primary Process -Prior to 1830’s-Caucus method of nominations -1830’s (progressive era)-Delegates at a convention -Progressive era-elections to help guide delegates -1960’s to present-Primary elections & Caucuses
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