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  1. Chapter 7 Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Will

  2. 7-2 Walter Lippmann We are concerned in public affairs, but immersed in our private ones.

  3. 7-3 Voter Participation • Suffrage • Factors in Voter Turnout: The United States in Comparative Perspective • Registration Requirements • Frequency of Elections • Party Differences

  4. 7-4 Voter Participation • Why Some Americans Vote and Others Do Not • Civic Attitudes • Civic Duty • Apathy • Alienation • Age • Education • Income

  5. 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

  6. 7-6 Conventional Forms of Participation Other Than Voting • Campaign Activities • Community Activities • Lobbying Group Activities • Following Politics in the Media • Virtual Participation

  7. 7-7 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.

  8. 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

  9. 7-9 States in the Nation

  10. 7-10 States in the Nation