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1

Define Social Class

A social group defined by social and economic status

2

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

3

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

1970

4

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)

5

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)

6

Name 4 social factors that can effect voting

Gender, Age, Ethnicity, Region, Class

7

Explain the rational choice model of voting behaviour

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

8

Define Issue Voting

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

9

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

10

Define Economic Voting

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

11

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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