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Powerpoint of Chapter 11 (The Logic of American Politics)


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12
School:
University Of South Carolina-Columbia
Course:
Poli 201 - American National Govt

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11 Voting Campaigns Elections The Logic of Elections America is a representative democracy but actually representing all citizens wants and needs is not possible Delegation of authority raises the possibility of agency loss that is representatives serving themselves and not their constituents Regular free and competitive elections in which all adult citizens can vote are a hallmark of modern democratic governments Who Uses the Right to Vote If most Americans believe the right to vote is the essence of democracy why do so many not exercise their rights The answer is inherent in the logic of elections The benefits of elections are collective benefits In other words everyone gets the payoff without participating The real puzzle is why so many forego free riding and actually vote Who Uses the Right to Vote Voter turnout has varied widely over time There was a sharp decline in voter turnout between 1968 and 1972 Since then the average turnout of the eligible electorate who registered and voted in presidential elections hovers around 58 percent Voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election was nearly 59 percent Who Uses the Right to Vote Individual factors influencing voter turnout age education race region community roots internal and external efficacy and strong partisanship living in politically competitive areas and in areas with lower barriers to registration and voting gender alone has no impact Who Uses the Right to Vote Institutional factors affecting voter turnout The institutional context such as variations in voter registration requirements affects voter turnout As expected the more onerous the registration requirement the more costly the act of voting Social circumstances for example deliberate efforts by political activists and get out the vote activities orchestrated by candidates political parties and interest groups impact voter turnout Who Uses the Right to Vote Wealthy well educated older white people are overrepresented while poor uneducated young and



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