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Chapter 7. Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Will. 7-2. Walter Lippmann. We are concerned in public affairs, but immersed in our private ones. 7-3. Voter Participation. Suffrage Factors in Voter Turnout: The United States in Comparative Perspective

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Chapter 7

Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Will


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Walter Lippmann

We are concerned in public affairs, but immersed in our private ones.


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Voter Participation

  • Suffrage

  • Factors in Voter Turnout: The United States in Comparative Perspective

    • Registration Requirements

    • Frequency of Elections

    • Party Differences


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Voter Participation

  • Why Some Americans Vote and Others Do Not

    • Civic Attitudes

      • Civic Duty

      • Apathy

      • Alienation

    • Age

    • Education

    • Income


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Voter Participation

  • The Impact of the Vote

    • Elections do not normally produce a “mandate”

    • Prospective Voting

    • Retrospective Voting

    • Economic conditions usually play a factor, with some consideration of foreign policy issues


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Conventional Forms of Participation Other Than Voting

  • Campaign Activities

  • Community Activities

  • Lobbying Group Activities

  • Following Politics in the Media

  • Virtual Participation


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Unconventional Activism: Social Movements and Protest Politics

  • Social movements do not always succeed.

  • Protests go back to the Boston Tea Party.

  • Protests are often calculated acts.

  • Protest movements seldom gain broad public support.

  • But protests are often tolerated.


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Participation and the Potential for Influence

  • Most citizens take little interest in participation, except for voting

  • Class bias: public versus private

  • Low participation rates of lower-income people

  • Participation rates parallel private influence


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States in the Nation


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States in the Nation


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