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 • Registration Requirements • Frequency of Elections • Party Differences
7-4 Voter Participation • Why Some Americans Vote and Others Do Not • Civic Attitudes • Civic Duty • Apathy • Alienation • Age • Education • Income
7-5 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
7-6 Conventional Forms of Participation Other Than Voting • Campaign Activities • Community Activities • Lobbying Group Activities • Following Politics in the Media • Virtual Participation
7-7 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.
7-8 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
7-9 States in the Nation
7-10 States in the Nation