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1987

University of Iowa

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Political Self-Efficacy Tested, Douglas Madsen Jun 1987

Political Self-Efficacy Tested, Douglas Madsen

Department of Political Science Publications

A subset of citizens in a democratic system directly test their political self-efficacy by petitioning government for assistance of one kind or another. Drawing on survey data gathered in India in 1967, this investigation focuses on the consequences of success or failure for perceived self-efficacy and for perceived governmetn responsiveness. The analysis demonstrates that (1) successful petitioners come to enjoy a somewhat enhanced sense of self-efficacy but do not view government as particulary responsive, (2) unsuccessful petitioners do not see themselves as inefficacious but--possibly instead--do see government responsiveness in distinctly negative terms, and, (3) the kind of evidence that can ...


Recruitment Contrasts In A Divided Charismatic Movement, Douglas Madsen, Peter G. Snow Mar 1987

Recruitment Contrasts In A Divided Charismatic Movement, Douglas Madsen, Peter G. Snow

Department of Political Science Publications

This research report analyzes the evolution of the bond between a charismatic leader and his mass following. Its empirical focus is the case of Juan Peron and the Peronist movement in Argentina. After discussing stages in the evolution of charisma, we review our earlier findings showing that by 1965 there was clear separation between those Peronists devoted to the movement and those Peronists devoted to the man. We note distinctive features in the social and attitudinal profiles of each and then turn to our principal concern, the recruitment of new blood into each Peronist camp. Personalist youth turn out to ...


Residential Mobility And Voter Turnout, Peverill Squire, Raymond E. Wolfinger, David P. Glass Mar 1987

Residential Mobility And Voter Turnout, Peverill Squire, Raymond E. Wolfinger, David P. Glass

Department of Political Science Publications

We examine the characteristics of a largely ignored low-turnout group--people who have recently moved. We find that neither demographic nor attitudinal attributes explain their lower turnout. Instead, the requirement that citizens must register anew after each change in residence constitutes the key stumbling block in the trip to the polls. Since nearly one-third of the nation moves every two years, moving has a large impact on national turnout rates. We offer a proposal to reduce the effect of residential mobility on turnout and estimate that turnout would increase by nine percentage points if the impact of moving could be removed ...