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Interest groups and the political process

1. List the elements of interest group power.

2. What effect will new technologies have on the influence of interest groups?

3 Why do some seek to limit the influence of interest groups on the political process?

4. Why do the major parties become increasingly moderate as the general election approaches?

5. Contrast our presidential, two party, winner-take-all system with a parliamentary, multiparty, proportional representation system.

6. Summarize arguments for and against concern about non-voting.

7. What considerations are important to measuring public opinion?

8. How are values, attitudes, and beliefs related to voting?

9. What factors are important in political socialization?

10. What role does the media play in determining election outcomes?

11. What challenges exist for candidates who must run in both primaries and general elections?

12. How do political campaigns reflect the role of the media in politics? Does the role of the media actually exclude some good candidates for office? How?

13. What important differences do you see between the "new" media and the "old" media?

14. How independent is the media, given that they have to rely on government sources for some of their information?

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1. List the elements of interest group power.

The number of people in the group.
Ability to come together to influence people in power
Ability to rally group for events such as protests and votes.

2. What effect will new technologies have on the influence of interest groups?

The ability for members and leaders to contact others quickly. The new technology make access to information and updates of upcoming events a faster process. The technologies such as text messaging and email provide a way to quickly and efficiently access decision makers by a large number of people.

3 Why do some seek to limit the influence of interest groups on the political process?

Interests groups provide a larger block of voters with an easily detailed agenda that can provide support and votes during elections and decision making.

4. Why do the major parties become increasingly moderate as the general election approaches?

While there are people representing the far reaches of each party (ultra conservative or ultra liberal) more people are more likely to be moderate over a large number of issues. Some voters on each side are likely to be persuaded by a moderate viewpoint of the other party if their own representative (of the party) is less moderate.

5. Contrast our presidential, two party, winner-take-all system with a parliamentary, multiparty, proportional representation system.

Our two party system only allows for the elected representative to become the leader or leaders where a parliamentary, multiparty or proportional system may have enough division of votes to force leaders to form coalitions to lead from. Also, in some of these, the person is not the person voted for as much as the party ...

Solution Summary

Discussions on political parties, interest groups, how technologies will affect elections, and effects of voting and non voting.

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