Political Participation

Unit 5 Political Participation

Essential Questions

  • How have changes in technology influenced political communication and behavior?
  • Why do levels of participation and influence in politics vary?
  • How effective are the various methods of politicalparticipation in shaping public policies?

Key Terms

  • Fifteenth Amendment, Seventeenth Amendment, Nineteenth Amendment, Twenty-Fourth Amendment, Twenty-Sixth Amendment, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Rational Choice of Voting, Retrospective Voting, Prospective Voting, Party Line Voting, Voter Turnout, Vote Choice, Political Efficacy, Voter Registration, Compulsory Voting, Mid-Term Elections, Presidential Elections, Relationship Between Demographics and Voter Turnout, Relatioship Between Demographics and Vote Choice, Linkage Institutions, Political Parties, Party Platforms, Committee and Party Leadership in Legislatures, Candidate Centric Campaigns, Direct Primaries, Critical Elections, Reallignments, Campaign Finance, Proportional System, Winner-Take-All System, Party Platforms, Iron Triangle, Issue Networks, Free Rider Problem, Single Issue Groups, Ideological/Social Movements, Protest Movements, Professional Organizations, Federal Budget Process, Incumbency Advantage, Open and Closed Primaries, Caucuses, Party Conventions, Electoral College, Winner-Take-All, National Popular Vote, Presidential Elections, Mid-Term Elections, Political Consultants, Campaign Finance, Social Media, Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, Soft Money, "Stand by your Ad" Provision, PACs and Super PACs, Horserace Journalism, Media as a Gatekeeper, Media Bias, Partisan News Sites, Ideologically Oriented Programming   

Foudational Documents

  • Constitution of the United States

Required Cases

  • Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)

Topics

  • Voting Rights and Models of Voting Behavior
    • Key Terms: Fifteenth Amendment, Seventeenth Amendment, Nineteenth Amendment, Twenty-Fourth Amendment, Twenty-Sixth Amendment, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Rational Choice of Voting, Retrospective Voting, Prospective Voting, Party Line Voting, 
    • Foundational Documents: Constitution of the United States
  • Voter Turnout
    • Key Terms: Voter Turnout, Vote Choice, Political Efficacy, Voter Registration, Compulsory Voting, Mid-Term Elections, Presidential Elections, Relationship Between Demographics and Voter Turnout, Relatioship Between Demographics and Vote Choice 
  • Political Parties
    • Key Terms: Linkage Institutions, Political Parties, Party Platforms, Committee and Party Leadership in Legislatures
  • How and Why Political Parties Change and Adapt
    • Key Terms: Candidate Centric Campaigns, Direct Primaries, Critical Elections, Reallignments, Campaign Finance 
  • Third Party Politics
    • Key Terms: Proportional System, Winner-Take-All System, Party Platforms
  • Interest Groups Influencing Policy-Making
    • Key Terms: Iron Triangle, Issue Networks, Free Rider Problem
  • Groups Influencing Policy Outcomes
    • Key Terms: Single Issue Groups, Ideological/Social Movements, Protest Movements, Professional Organizations, Federal Budget Process
  • Electing A President
    • Key Terms: Incumbency Advantage, Open and Closed Primaries, Caucuses, Party Conventions, Electoral College, Winner-Take-All, National Popular Vote
  • Congressional Elections
    • Key Terms: Incumbency Advantage, Open and Closed Primaries, Caucuses, Presidential Elections, Mid-Term Elections
  • Modern Campaigns
    • Key Terms: Political Consultants, Campaign Finance, Social Media 
  • Campaign Finance
    • Key Terms: Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, Soft Money, "Stand by your Ad" Provision, PACs and Super PACs
    • Required Cases: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
  • The Media
    • Key Terms: Horserace Journalism, Media as a Gatekeeper
  • Changing Media
    • Key Terms: Media Bias, Partisan News Sites, Ideologically Oriented Programming

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