Friday, November 30, 2012


TEST MONDAY, 6,9,10.
Reminder number whatever.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

chapter 8

For Thursday
Read first 5 pages
Answer questions

1. Define Party Competition
2. Define Political party
3. What do we mean by ‘party in the electorate’
4. Define the party as an organization?
5. Explain the party in government
6. Define Linkage institutions
7. Define Party image.
8. What are the tasks performed by the parties?
9. Define rational choice theory.
10. Discuss figure 8.1
11. What are the perceived differences between parties?
12. Define Party identification
13. Trends in party alliance?
14. Define Ticket splitting
15. Discuss Table 8.1
16. Read and answer the questions on page 244, in coherent unambiguous sentences.
17. How are parties organized?
18. What is a party machine?
19. What is patronage?
20. What is the center of local party organizations now?
21. Contrast PA and CA’s State party system.
22. Define closed primary
23. Define open primary
24. Define blanket primary
25. Define national convention
26. Define national committee
27. Define national chairperson
28. Define coalition
29. Promises by politicians. Discuss.
30. Define party eras.
31. Define critical election
32. Define party realignment. Example(s)
33. Discuss the 5 party eras.
34. Define New deal coalition
35. Define Party dealignment
36. Define party neutrality
37. Define Third parties
38. Define Winner-take-all system
39. Define Proportional representation
40. Define Coalition government
41. Define Responsible party model
42. What are the roles of third parties I npolitics?What are the conditions of parties under the ‘responsible party model?’
43. Role of Party and scope of government
44. Parties today?

Friday, November 16, 2012

chapter 10

Do at a minimum 1-15 for return from break

1) Def legitimacy
2) Def referendum
3) Def initiative petition
a. Give 2 examples.
4) 1800 Election
a. nomination
b. tone
c. focus
d. troubling error
5) 1896 Election
a. Candidates
b. Issues
c. Campaign
6) 2004 What was GW Bush’s ‘great feat’
7) Role of US supreme court in 2000 election
8) What two key choices face every voter?
9) Suffrage? (specific amendments)
10) Enfranchisement and Voting?
11) Why not vote?
12) Rational voting theory
13) Def political efficacy
14) Define Civic duty
15) 3 reasons for low US turnout
16) def voter registration
17) Voter registration differences from state to state.
18) Define Motor Votor Act
19) Who votes? What are the trends?
20) Explain Mandate theory of elections.
21) What are the 3 major elements of voters’ decisions
22) Evaluate table 10.2
23) Most important dimensions of candidate image?
24) What is policy voting?
25) 4 conditions for policy voting?
26) Obstacle to policy voting?
27) Define The electoral College
28) What was founder’s goal of elections?
29) How does each state’s election process work now?
30) Role of small states in elections?
31) Two tasks of elections, according to democratic theory?
32) Elections and policy as 2 way street?
33) How do policy differences affect elections?
34) Explain art of Ambiguity?
35) Explain how elections affect policy?
36) How does policy affect election?
37) Define retrospective voting
38) How has democracy affected the scope of government?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chapter 9

For Monday.
1-25 (It's about 11 pages)

1) What is the toughest job in the world. Elaborate?
2) What does Anthony King argue of American politicians.
3) What are the 2 facets of campaigning?
4) Define nomination
5) Define campaign strategy
6) Def: national party convention
7) Def: caucus
8) Importance of caucuses (2 ex)
9) Why primaries?
10) What are presidential primaries?
11) What happened in 1968 Chicago?
12) What is the McGovern – Fraser Commission?
13) What is a superdelegate?
14) What is frontloading?
15) How are delegates allocated?
16) Role of money in Campaigns.
17) What is ‘mo’ and how do you get it?
18) 5 criticisms of primary and caucus system
19) What is a national primary
20) What is a regional primary
21) Describe trends in Convention coverage, and why.
22) Describe delegates
23) Define Party platform
24) How has media/tech changed the campaign?
25) What is direct mail
26) What factors determine media coverage?
27) Role of ads in campaigns?
28) How has media coverage changed?
29) Describe the process of organizing a campaign?
30) What is the mother’s milk of politics.
31) When did momentum for campaign finance reform begin?
32) Why did momentum for campaign finance reform begin?
33) What is the Federal Election Campaign Act?
34) What is the Federal Election Commission?
35) What is the Prsidential Election Campaign fund?
36) What is matching funds?
37) What is the role of public funding in the General elections?
38) Evaluate Fig. 9.3
39) What is full disclosure?
40) How are campaign contributions limited?
41) What is Buckley v. Valeo?
42) What is Soft Money?
43) What is McCain Feingold?
44) What are PAC’s?
45) Buckley v. Valeo and PAC’s
46) Why do candidate’s need pacs.
47) Criticism of PAC’s. Is it fair?
48) Criticism of Electyion cost?
49) Is there a correlation between money spent and election victory?
50) Spending enough is key.
51) Evaluate table 9.1
52) What is the Impact of Campaigns
53) Selective perceptions.
54) Evaluate passage dealing with Nominations and Campaigns.
55) Do Campaigns lead to an increase scope of government?