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Title: Some forms of political participation are controlled by th


1
We the People 5th edition by Benjamin Ginsberg,
Theodore J. Lowi and Margaret Weir
  • Chapter 8. Participation and Voting

2
Forms of Participation
  • Democracy requires the active participation of
    citizens in their own governance.

3
Forms of Participation
  • Some forms of political participation are
    controlled by the government or otherwise bring
    citizens views into direct contact with
    political officials these include
  • Voting
  • Contact political officials
  • Sign petitions

4
Grassroots
  • Some forms of political participation are more
    citizen controlled.
  • Examples of such grassroots participation
    include
  • Attend meetings
  • Join organizations
  • Protest
  • Volunteer in campaigns

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Professional Participation
  • Sometimes citizens participate in politics in
    professional ways.
  • Citizens lobby to persuade legislators to pass
    laws.
  • They engage in public relations to influence the
    marketplace of ideas.
  • Or, they can engage in litigation to obtain
    justice in a court of law.

7
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
  • How do you participate in politics?
  • How does the government benefit from regulating
    the participation of citizens?
  • When it comes to professional participation do
    Americans have equal access to political
    participation?

8
The Paradox of Voting in America
  • Americans believe voting is important.
  • They see it as
  • a civic duty
  • key to maintaining popular control of government
  • the very essence of democracy.

9
Suffrage
  • And many Americans fought hard to win their
    right to suffrage.

10
Voting Statistics
  • At the same time, Americans tend not to vote.
  • Only 70 and 75 percent of the voting-age
    population is registered to vote
  • About 50 percent vote in Presidential elections
  • About 33 percent vote in midterm elections
  • Even fewer vote in off-year, special, and primary
    elections.
  • And, Americans vote less now than they have in
    the past.

11
Comparative
  • Voter turnout levels in other democracies such
    as South Africa, Denmark, Israel, Germany,
    Mexico, Britain, Russia, France and Canada range
    from 15 to 35 percent higher than turnout in
    American presidential elections.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
  • Why do you think that voter turnout has declined
    in recent years?
  • Why do you think Americans tend to vote less than
    citizens in other countries?
  • Why do some people vote and others do not vote?

14
Student Website
  • http//www.wwnorton.com/wtp5e
  • Study smarter with chapter reviews, quizzes,
    vocabulary flashcards, Interactive Politics
    simulations and You Decide critical thinking
    exercises.
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