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"A Broken System: Factors That Determine Policy "

Date

April 2020

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The government of the United States has been based on the principles of citizens having a vote and a voice. With such a growing polarity of the modern political climate and an increasing discontent with federal policies, many people feel that their vote does not have an impact. Growing voter apathy has led towards a decrease in voter turnout and could contribute to a misrepresentative government. This research aims to test the theory of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy to examine under what conditions does voter turnout have an effect on upper-class bias in public policies. That will be tested through a quantitative analysis of voter turnout data, political preferences of different socioeconomic classes, and policy outcomes. In doing so, the results of this inquiry will add to the academic discussion of identifying how different factors play a role in policy outcomes, and assess the legitimacy of our votes, and our democracy.

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This oral presentation is based on an individual research project.

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"A Broken System: Factors That Determine Policy "

The government of the United States has been based on the principles of citizens having a vote and a voice. With such a growing polarity of the modern political climate and an increasing discontent with federal policies, many people feel that their vote does not have an impact. Growing voter apathy has led towards a decrease in voter turnout and could contribute to a misrepresentative government. This research aims to test the theory of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy to examine under what conditions does voter turnout have an effect on upper-class bias in public policies. That will be tested through a quantitative analysis of voter turnout data, political preferences of different socioeconomic classes, and policy outcomes. In doing so, the results of this inquiry will add to the academic discussion of identifying how different factors play a role in policy outcomes, and assess the legitimacy of our votes, and our democracy.