Pipes and Flutes for Interest Groups

The Heavenly Chorus: Interest Group Voices on TV News Author(s): Lucig H. Danielian and Benjamin I. Page Source: American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Nov., 1994), pp. 1056-1078 Published by: Midwest Political Science Association Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111732 Accessed: 28/10/2009 21:01 The Question: Is there “systematic biases or unrepresentativeness” in TV news stories that…

Liberal Freedom Means No Republicanism?

This post is an “Interlude,” which means I am just musing. This post pontificates upon the recent Supreme Court ruling to axe part of the Voting Rights Act. Like, in my dissertation, I examine the political languages of authoritarianism, liberalism, and republicanism–and then discover if the languages are empirically present in America as a response to…

Democracy Doubts Citizens, But Then Lets Go.

Carpini and Keeter were initially troubled that only 10% of the American public could accurately describe the definition of “liberal” and “conservative” and so resolved that elites serve and protect the democratic way of life; bearing in mind that the elected officials do so in a conscientious manner. Even if there are a few bad apples;…

Democracy: By Huh? and Duh?

The observation of mass inattention to politics and low levels of political knowledge are important to political scientists. Many scholars have approached these issues through different methodology and arrived at different conclusions regarding the magnitude of these issues with respect to democratic life. Some scholars do not see the need for the majority of the population…

Why Americans Don’t Vote

Teixeira, Ruy A. Why Americans Don’t Vote: Turnout Decline in the United States 1960-1984. First ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Inc, 1987. . Research Question and Methods to Examine the Question: Mr. Tiexeira’s research question: Known factors that increase voter turnout, such as socioeconomic and educational attainment, increased in the American society from 1960-1984, so…

Beyond Socioeconomic Status (SES)

Henery Brady, Sidney Verba, and Kay Lehman Scholzman “Beyond Ses: A Resource Model of Political Participation” APSR,  June 1995. Research question: Brady, Verba, and Scholzman attempt to develop a better model for understanding political participation to show how the importance of a resource depends on the particular activity. They use three main resources: time, money, civic…

republicanism Does Pardon Edward Snowden

When I say republicanism, I’m talking about: “Republicanism is extremely complex (small r), and does not mean the Republican Party. As an ideology, republicanism enforces non-domination by the government upon the people and also non-domination by the people upon other people and in the government. Republican societies, in theory, showcase high levels of citizen equity…