Campaigns & Elections I Strategy & Tactics
December 07, 2015
1. Civic Duty, passion for issues, personal ambition.
2. Personal Costs (family, privacy, time)
4. Party Recruitment
a. (Only 32% of non-incumbent state legi
1. The Civil War Amendments
Civil Liberties (aka civil rights, privileges and immunities): Rights that individuals have against
a government. Only a government can violate ones civil liberties.
Civil Rights: Rights needed to ensure f
1. The Bill of Rights?
Liberty (libertas = freedom): The ability to do as one chooses
Civil Liberties: Civil Liberties (aka civil rights, privileges and immunities): Rights that
individuals have against a government. Only a government can
Separation of Powers
(Constitution II, Federalism & Public Policy)
1. Horizontal Separation of Powers
The Rule of Law
Separation of Powers
Q. How does Madison answer criticisms that the Constitution is
tyrannical because of the blending of
American Political Culture
Religion permeates political culture
1. American Exceptionalism (Winthrop)
John Winthrop (1587/1588-1649)
Governor, Massachusetts - Bay Colony
A Model of Christian Charity (1630)
American Exceptionalism: The id
Dual Motivations Theory
Party identification is the strongest predictor of voting behavior
Political parties narrow voting choices
Dont need to be informed about politics, just need to be motivated to identify with the party
that represents your policy in
Long Quiz 3 Resource Outline
Burkes parties: association of persons united by common principle
Aldrichs parties: coalition of elites to capture and use political office
o Party= coalition
o Coalitions aim for control of government
o Coalitions= po
Tides of Consent
Change in public opinion throughout time is what moves politics
Changes in public opinion do not happen quickly, but very at various speeds depending on the
Public opinion is more like an aggregate than an individual
Congress II Gridlock (and other problems)
MCs as single-minded seekers of reelection
- Reelection is a prerequisite for other goals.
- Reelection ensures democratic accountability.
1. Credit Claiming: Generate the belief in a political actor
October 21, 2015
A. An Unprecedented Creation
Head of State: The apolitical, unifying role of a figure as the symbolic representative of the whole
Head of Government: The political role of a figure as leader of a political party an
Campaigns & Elections II Electing the President
December 09, 2015
1. Primaries and Caucuses
- The Incumbent (sitting or former presidents and vice presidents)
- Entrepreneurial US Sena
Parties II (American Economic) Ideologies
November 18, 2015
Ideology: A consistent set of political beliefs about what the government should do.
- Explain political phenomena that would otherwise be mysterious or puzzling.
- Criteria and sta
November 30, 2015
1. Survey Methodology
Measurement: Issues related to the design of the survey instrument.
- Construct: The item(s) of interest. They are usually abstract
o (ex: bodyweight).
- Validity: The extent to which an instrument me
Voting (and Civic Participation)
December 2, 2015
1. The Context of Voting
The Importance of Civic Participation
- Democratic Accountability
- Democratic Governance
- The Not-So-Special Interest: Subgroups with higher levels of civic participation are mor
November 23, 2015
Notes for videos:
- Format and Tone: what are the specific, formal features of each broadcast (camera
angles, camera changes, videos, colors, music, personalities, body language). Think of
the intended effect that each of these fea
November 16, 2015
- Political Party: A group that supplies a label to candidates but also recruits, nominate,
and elects them. This groups goal is to control the government and shape it in like with
- Federalist #10
Judiciary II Supreme Court Decision-Making & Interpretation
November 2, 2015
A. Interpretation is hard.
a. Judges are trying to get it right but this is not an easy task.
B. Judges are people, and their backgrounds matter.
Interest Groups II Influence
November 11, 2015
Interest Group Power
The 3 Faces of Power
- First: The ability to get someone to do something that they would not do otherwise.
1. Lobbying the Courts
A. Nomination and Confirmation
1. Presidential Selection
Interest Groups I Mobilization
November 9, 2015
- Interest Group (for our purposes): Formal, organized associations that seek to influence
the government, but do not seek to control it formally (party).
- Mobilization: people orga
October 26, 2015
*Bureaucracies are responsive to their environments and face a variety of pressures.
*Separation of Powers (SOP): The different motivations and powers of the branches affect how
the bureaucracy functions.
Congress The Institution
How, and why do the House and Senate differ? How does this affect the way Congress operates?
*Separation of house and senate (bicameral legislation as set up by Madison
2 years (House