Political Science | Voting, Elections, and Public Opinion
Y317 | 13373 | Clark

Y317 Voting, Elections, and Public Opinion

What is the relationship between the public and their political
leaders in modern representative democracies? This course focuses
primarily on the question, looking at the forces that shape public
opinion and voting behavior and the effects of both on the behavior of
political elites. We will look at an individualís knowledge might
influence their political positions, how the media acts as an
intermediary between the public and elected decision-makers, and how
public opinion and elections influence the direction of public policy.
The course will focus on the 2008 and 2010 U.S. elections, and will
consider differences in voting and public opinion between America and
other modern democratic countries. Students will be expected to
actively participate in class discussions.