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Theory of differing local and national voter choice

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  1. Introduction.
  2. The effect of voter preference on legislator policy decisions - 2003 California Recall.
  3. Do the voters actually care about past performance?
  4. The 2000 school board election in South Carolina.
  5. Downs's theory on the rationality of being informed.

This paper aims to critique Downs's Economic Theory of Political Action in Democracy with experimental research that supports and refutes the assumptions and results of his model. First, I look at if legislators' policy making decisions are ideologically fixed or susceptible to constituent preferences. Next, I consider if voter choice in incumbency races is dependant on the incumbent's performance during their previous term. Then I examine the rationality of voting, specifically the assumption that all voters are self interested. Based on my findings in these areas I conclude that there are different mechanisms for local election and national elections.

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