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background image POS 3122 (January 10) (EXTRA CREDIT WILL MAINLY BE ON HARRY POTTER QUESTIONS) Introduction to state and local politics - Themes o State and local government is vitally important to your life
o Political institutions matter
o Political reform can happen
o Comparisons can help us understand 
- Government  o Created as a solution to collective action problems
o Collective action problem: when everyone benefits from the action 
of a group and there is no way to stop those who don ’t help from  gaining this benefit  No one has an economic incentive to contribute individually o Government consists of the people who are hired and the  institutions that are established to accomplish these common tasks 
that help us all. 
- Politics and public policy o Politics is the process that people use to determine what their  government will do  o Public policy consists of a government decisions and actions that  are designed to achieve the common goals identified through 
Variation Across the States - Geography and history o Because of the soil, the southeast was especially suited for tobacco  and cotton farming, leading to plantations and slavery o Rivers in New England promoted manufacturing and factories - Social forces o Population growth/decline - More variation o Economic characteristics  How people earn their living can have significant effects on 
government processes.
Singular vs. diversified economies o Political beliefs and attitudes Political culture Political Institutions - Political institutions consist of a set of rules that limit choices - State constitutions define and structure the states political institutions  o Most echo the bill of rights as minimum
o Often has more public policy than the U.S. constitution 
The Comparative Method - Science consists of developing general theories about how the world 
background image o Step 2: derive hypothesis from those theories. Theories explain why.
o Step 3: make observations to test hypothesis (collect data). 
Hypothesis is one sentence statement on what you expect to 
o Step 4: analyze the data. Hypothesis tells you what data to get. Descriptive Inference - Good description offers us a profile of interest including: o Unit of interest (individuals, states, countries)
o The degree of variation
o Both quantitative and qualitative judgments 
- Descriptions is  not  the goal of science:  explanation  of causal  relationships is the goal Causal Inference Correlation: happens together a lot, when X moves Y moves. Private 
school then you take the SAT 
Temporal precedence:  something doesn
’t happen before hand. For  example, the fire truck doesn ’t come before the fire. Does X happen before Y. Non-spuriousness: more involved parents send their kids to  private 
school who are more likely to do better in the SAT (triangle is a spurious 
diagram) Z affects the X and Y relationship
Theory - Maps out the causal process by which X Influences Y - It should explain how and why a change in the values of your independent
variable (x) change values in the dependent variable (y).
o Do governors with term limits use more unilateral action?
o Why do some countries have more women in government than 
others? - Your theory should generate testable hypothesis.  - Private school and the effect on its SAT scores. SAT depends on whether 
you went to private school or not. SAT is the dependent variable. What is 
affecting what X  Y
o X happens first, then Y - Theory is a long explanation  Data - To test hypothesis, we must measure our concepts o Measurement permits us to examine data and evaluate co-variation - Comparison is the cornerstone of causation o We need to be able to compare unites where the independent  variable is present and others where it is not  o This is where states provide and advantage  The Comparative Method: Analysis  - In social science, the unit of analysis are often so diverse that a particular 
variation may have many possible explanations
background image - One of the assumptions of causality is that there ’s non-spuriousness –  nothing is affecting the relationship between the independent and 
dependent variable 
o This can be difficult to achieve if our observations are not  independent of each other, or if we don ’t think through our theory Construction Theory: Deduction and Induction - Deduction: o Theory first, then empirical testing - Induction: o Observation first, then theory construction to explain what was  observed  POS 3122 (January 16) States as Laboratories (Moorehouse and Jewell 2004) - Post 1960s: strengthening of republican party o Stronger party organization for both parties - Primary elections o State gubernatorial endorsements and primaries Concurrent (definition: happening at the same time)  versus  nonconcurrent (definition: not happening at the same time)  elections o Uncontested seats in state legislative elections (1/3) - State elections often autonomous from national races o Voters punish governors for visible state tax increases
o Incumbent 
(definition: often win, people that are running again)   governor wins 80% of the time o Question: Is this democratic? If this is the case, should we have  gubernatorial term limits?  The Governor - Backgrounds: state legislature, other statewide office (attorney general, 
lieutenant governor, etc.), congressional career, law enforcement, 
- Goals: advance political careers and secure more federal $ for state  o Have to build coalitions - Formal Powers o Tenure- 14 states have no term limits; all states but NH and VT have 4 year terms. Do they have a term limit or not, how long is the 
o Separately elected executive branch officials o Appointive power- bureaucracy
o Budgetary power- governor prepares budget in 42 states
o Veto power- item veto, veto override (rare)
o Governors want more power for their states  - Question: what are the advantages and disadvantages of having a 
governor with a lot of formal power?
- Governor delivers program in state-of-state address o Power of initiation 

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School: Florida State University
Department: Political Science
Course: State Politics
Professor: Kevin Fahey
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: pos, political, Science, FSU, and 3122
Name: pos 3122 CLASS NOTES
Description: for exam one
Uploaded: 01/29/2018
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