Chapter 8: Political Participation
Low voter turnout: Problem or sign that Americans are pleased with their government?
Most political scientists agree that it is a problem
Also agree that real problem is low voter registration rates
Divisions in Public Opinion
Most divisions are among differing social classes although people are
uncomfortable with this idea.
Class is less important in America than in Europe
Class differences remain: unskilled workers are more likely to b
How does Polling Work?
Reasonable questions that are worded fairly
Ask people about things for which they have some basis to form an opinion
Sampling error reflects the difference between the results of two surveys or
Ch. 12: The Media
3.04Evaluate the role of the mass media in the political system.
A. Functions and structures of the media
B. Impact of the media on public opinion
C. use of the media by political campaigns
Function of the Media
3.03Investigate the role and effects of interest groups and political action committees.
a. range of interests represented
b. activities and appeal of interest groups and lobbyists within certain
c. ability of interest groups
Chapter 9: Political Parties
How did political parties develop in the United States?
What is the impact of political parties on our political system?
a. Implications of the two-party system
b. Impact of third parties
c. Effects on the political process
Political Beliefs and Behaviors
What is meant by the term political culture?
What is political culture?
Distinctive and patterned way of thinking about how political and economic
life ought to be carried out
The way people think about politics and economi
a. Workings and implications of the electoral college
Workings and implications of the electoral college
Favors major parties over third parties
o Prevents them from gaining ground
o WINNER TAKE ALL
o Must win 5% of votes to get f
Who influences the governments agenda?
Corporations and interest groups- organized
urban minorities, poor-disorganized
Courts: make decisions that force action by other branches
Bureaucracy: source of political innovation
4.01 Examine the Constitutional framework for this institution.
Congress according to the Founding Fathers
Would be the dominant institution (Article I)
Balance between large and small states
Place of debate and discourse
House and Senate