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POLI 360, Week 5

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POLI 360, Week 5 POLI 360 001


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These notes cover what was discussed in class during the last class before the first exam.
American Political Parties
David C. Darmofal
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Date Created: 02/09/16
POLI 360­ Lecture 7  There are ideological differences between activists and voters: Democratic activists are  more liberal than Republican activists and vice versa.  Ideological Effects of Ideological Candidates o Some critics say that ideological campaigns of recent decades have produced  ideological polarization and division within the parties, hurting them in the  general elections. For example, some people fear that Bernie supporters will not  support Hillary if she wins the Democratic nomination and vice versa. o The relationship between ideology and activism is fluid: ideological beliefs lead  citizens to become activists, and activism leads activists to become more  ideological.  Ideological Effects of Party Activism o These ideological effects depend on the ideological position of the candidate that  the activist supports. o McCann (1995) says that party activism leads activists to identify with the  ideology of the candidates they support. Therefore, activists that support liberal  candidates lean more liberal and vice versa. In the 1988 presidential campaign,  Jesse Jackson (liberal) activists became more liberal, and Jack Kemp  (conservative) activists became more conservative. o Dick Gephardt’s and Bob Dole’s (moderates) activists were not more likely to  identify as liberal or conservative, since they supported candidates that did not  lean in either direction. o Jackson activists were more likely to:  oppose funding the Nicaraguan contras  oppose retaining current defense levels  support affirmative action  be pro­choice  oppose a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget o Kemp activists were more likely to:  favor funding the Nicaraguan contras  favor current defense spending  oppose affirmative action  oppose increasing environmental legislation  favor outlawing abortion o Views of moderate activists, however, did not change on these specific issues. o Despite all of this information, ideological candidates do not lead their candidates  to become less likely to support the eventual, more moderate nominees. o Essentially, ideological candidates do not lead to party polarization and division  that will negatively affect their parties in the general election.


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