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University of Toronto Scarborough
Political Science
Christopher Cochrane

Week 10 Talk about electoral system Look at politics in different countries and look at the particular systems Electoral systems have different rules Parties of Sweden advocating for low taxes Similarities of how politics play out Take theories developed in countries and use it to understand Canadian politics Look at specific aspects of Canadian party system Elections, electoral systems Understand importance of plurality Ask to define majority (50 + 1 vote) Plurality People get more votes than an individual Imperial tendency of single member plurality system to reward first place party SMP – tendency to reward party with support How it affects party strategies? Party appeals to particular provinces that it belongs to and it was being rewarded for that Country divided along regional lines Those differences were small Responsible government – government has power to get that done and you consider accountable for power government hold Accountability – take positions, be represented and hold responsible for holding position Voting behavior Lack of knowledge is a reason for young people to vote less than older people Lost sight of the importance of struggle of vote, less maturity, free rider problem tied with parents, getting into school is a reason for teenagers to care less about politics Life cycle shifted towards the end Free ridership issue Common mistake to assume that young people don’t vote, lack of responsiveness to politics, political system doesn’t accurately represented young people’s views Young people tend to interested in politics Young people less synicle and knowledgeable than older people It reflects about uncertainty about party loyalty General trend in society away from issues of duty and towards choice Voter turnout – new immigrants who are of voting age, what percentage of people who were eligible to vote actually went out to vote? People who are eligible to vote are less likely to vote? Canadian population is getting older We have aging population Restrict franchise to groups more likely to vote, give people higher education and knowledge Why are the turnout low? Age Education (people with education that are likely to vote) Social mobility in Canada (class differences in Canadian society in traditional system) People have little education, no opportunities People have insecure employment Income effect on voting Downs: decision about whether to go to vote or not? U – utility (reward) of going to vote B – benefit (size of diff
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