Essay on Political Behavior Ut Dallas Exam 1

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Terms and Words – Students should be able to write a clear and complete definition of each of each of the following:
Political science -- is a discipline, which uses, theory and methodology about citizenship, governance, and politics.
Political science approaches: 1) Institutional- is concerned with institututions. An institution in an established pattern of behavior and of relationships. That intern regulate other behaviors and address public problems 2) Policy- collects facts through document analysis, research, case studies, and does so to develop a set of solutions to an important and pressing problem. 3) behavioral -
Political behavior - behavior is a set of activites that requires various resources to perform. That expresses attitudes and that transmits interest and preferences about needs and wants to public officials.

Political behavior characteristics: 1) actual/vicarious- tv vs voting 2) concrete/symbolic- concrete produces tangable , substantive results. Symbolic is behavior that produces intangible results 3) individual/group – 4) systematic/random - 5) overt/covert - 6) involving/non-involving -
Political behavior types:
1) electoral - conventional upholds or supports elite power in the political system, examples are voting, discussing politics and attending a campaign or rally, working for a party or campaign.
2) communal - also called conventional, expresses support for elite control. They decide who the candidates will be. Decide what the issues will be.
3) protest - – a type of political behavior that is elite challenging. Challenging elite control of policy institutions and regimes. It is culturally or legally sanctiones or prohibited.
Resources: information, money, time – more likely to be politically active if you have these resources.
Apolitical independent, Ritual partisan, Apartisan, Cognitive partisan, Direct action
(Dalton)
Power - is the ability to control the behavior of other actors
Authority - is the ability to issue commands that others must obey.
Legitimacy- is the ability of an actor that illicit voluntary compliance from others.
Political change types: reform, revolution
Democracy - a regime in which power is alternated, diffused, ( spread out) and constrained by constitutions, elections, and public opinion.
Political efficacy: internal, external (Flanigan and Zingale)
System support (Flanigan and Zingale)
Political elite (Flanigan and Zingale)
Theory - is a series of logically related generalizations about two or more common variables.

Essay Examples – Students should be able to write a clear and complete answer for each of the following essays:
1. Write an essay that:
a) defines political science- is a discipline, that uses, theory and methodology about citizenship, governance, and politics.

b) describes the institutional approach and the behavioral approach in political science; Institutional approach is concerned with institututions. An institution in an established pattern of behavior and of relationships. That intern regulate other behaviors and address public problems.
Behavioral approach- ??

c) discusses two similarities and two differences between the institutional approach and the behavioral approach in political science. 2. Write an essay that:
a) defines political behavior- behavior is a set of activites that requires various resources to perform. That expresses attitudes and that transmits interest and preferences about needs and wants to public officials.

b) describes the characteristics of political behavior in terms of actual versus vicarious, ?? concrete versus symbolic, individual versus group, systematic versus random, overt versus covert, and involving versus non-involving;
c) discusses one specific form of political behavior that exemplifies each of the characteristics of political behavior as described in (b) above.

3. Write an essay…