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Political Science
POLI 222
Christa Scholtz

Lecture 11: Party Identification Feb. 14, 2013 Cleavage system: Partisan Identification: how Canadians vote and Canadians think Party ID reality of discipline of political studies is usually due to questions that arise from US concept of partisan identification came from US ( is it a concept that we can just package and use on other countries? ) Q:how is this partisan ID robust? What does it mean in Canadian elections? 1950 folks down in US (Columbia) started asking how do people vote The Dependent Variable: Y Q: How do you determine vote choice? First idea/Columbia model: origin, human beings are embedded in a social context, it is from those social political interaction context that people made their choices through elections --> elections are just a reimbursement of loyalty to the party within generations (ex: one family is liberal then generations passed down would be probably liberal as well) *long term factors and campaigns don't matter *Social explanation: too static to explain vote choice Michigan Model: came up with partisan identification to explain vote choice *Partisan ID does not equal to how you vote *Partisan Identification: 1) psychological attachment- personality 2) stable across time / foundation - doesn't change from month to month, party 3) independent of current choice *bedrock of party association / valuable to politi
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