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PS 101 Voting and Elections


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Slideshow prepared for a series of lectures on voting and elections in the U.S. for PS 101 American Government at the University of Kentucky, Spring 2008. Dr. Christopher S. Rice, Lecturer.

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PS 101 Voting and Elections

  1. 1. Voting and Elections Dr. Christopher S. Rice University of Kentucky
  2. 2. How Two-Party Elections Can Lead to Democracy • Responsible-party government • Electoral Competition • Retrospective Voting/Electoral Reward and Punishment
  3. 3. Responsible-party Government • Based on idea of elections providing a real choice or alternative. • Assumptions: • Each of two parties is cohesive and unified • Each party takes a clear policy position that differentiates the two • Citizens accurately perceive these positions, vote on the basis of them • Winning party will follow through on their promises