The Demographics Of Political Participation Essay

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The demographics of political participation in the U.S.
In the United states of America, the culture which has developed is based and focused upon the individual. The so called “Cult of the Individual” permeates nearly every facet of the American society, including the political system. within the American political system each American Citizen has the ability to express their individual opinion by participation in the democratic process, through various forms of political participation. The Representative Democratic system which exists in the U.S. has been designed with the intention of providing an equal voice to the individual, regardless of who they are or where they come from, however the reality of the American political system is such that Political Participation favors those who possess higher levels of Education, belong to particular Socio-Economic classes, and who belong to certain racial and ethnic groupings.
According to authors Steven J. Rosenstone and John Mark Hansen Political Participation is described as “action that influences the distribution of social goods and values.” (qtd. In Am. Govt. 8.1) Participation at the individual level is essential to the American Political system, due to the representative model which the system utilizes. Through individual participation the people have the ability to directly and indirectly impact the actions taken by the representatives through various forms of political communication. Though voting is the most common form…

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