November 1, 2012- Participation in Elections.docx

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Queen's University
Political Studies
POLS 110
Why participate?
Influence leaders
o Wants to help leaders make right decision
Communicate citizen demands
o “Wallet is the most important variable”, or economic policy
You hold the government accountable
Express dissent
o It is free speech, shows that government serves us
o Is you don’t have dissent, you don’t have democracy
Since we are “political animals” we live to be involved in politics
o Self-esteem
Internal Efficacy
Belief that an individual can effect the outcome of politics
External Efficacy
Governments are responsive to what people want
Democracy demands continuous participation in but also between elections
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