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McGill University
Political Science
POLI 222
Christa Scholtz

Partisan Identification (PID) The Dependent Variable Y How do voters choose? Can be about overall policies, one little topic that the voter cares about (e.g. stand on abortion), etc The American case Why --> lots of elections People seem to find things like American presidential to be important The Colombia school/model Scholars of Colombia University 1950's Social groups are important systems of interaction from which our political loyalties derive So our voting choices are a derivatives social structures Election campaigns don't really matter How we choose to vote is anchored in situations that predate an election campaign and that anything that could happen during campaign is not important enough to shift those underlying reasons Problem These underlying reasons are pretty static e.g. Race, ethnicity, class, etc These things change really slowly, if they do at all If something is static and doesn't move, how do you explain something that does move? Michigan University's theory There maybe short-term forces, like issues/economy/leaders, they have a role to play Party ID Defined as first of all a psychological attachment Part of person's identity e.g. Born into a family of conservatives/liberals/socialists/etc Stable over time - doesn't change all that much Independent of current vote preferences Not how people vote - but highly correlated Even though you identify to a party, you can still vote another one Acts as an anchor; it is our best predictor for some, but it is not a perfect one e.g. Reagan democrats People who identified as democrats who during that campaign still voted for Reagan (republican) If it can be showed that party ID makes any sense, you need to ask some questions Do you identify with a party? If your answer moves around from survey to survey (not stable), then you have to conclude that perhaps it doesn't make tons of sense If it is durable and stable, then it talks about concept of a voter base Partisans that are not guaranteed to vote for someone, but are most likely to vote for them Parties' role Trying to turn partisans into party identifiers If that'
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