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Define Social Class

A social group defined by social and economic status


What is the difference between Class Voting and Partisanship?

People vote for their natural class party vs people vote how their family vote/how they were influenced by social factors


Since which year has class and partisan attachment begun to waver?



Explain Class Dealingment

In recent years, class boundaries have eroded & people have stopped limiting themselves to a certain party because of class (in 1951: 96% of WC voted Labour)


Explain Partisan Dealingment

The number of voters that identify strongly with a certain party has declined (1964- 43% very strong supporters of a party, by 2005 only 13% were)


Name 4 social factors that can effect voting

Gender, Age, Ethnicity, Region, Class


Explain the rational choice model of voting behaviour

A focus on the actions of rational individuals who pursue their own interests


Define Issue Voting

People compare party policy and vote for the one with the closest ideas to their own


Define Valence Issues

Issues on which the main parties are in broad agreement. The model claims that voter judgements on trustworthiness are therefore crucial, and argues there is a deep concern with competency of leaders and the party


Define Economic Voting

This model claims voters are more likely to vote for the current government if they're in a good economic state.


What impact does media have on voting behaviour? (name 3 ways it effects the public)

Influences their perspective
Reinforces their ideas
Shapes their agenda
Increases voter turnout
Creates disillusion at system

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