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By Bernie Sanders

The political autobiography of the rebel presidential candidate

Bernie Sanders’s crusade for the presidency of the USA has galvanized humans all around the nation, placing monetary, racial, and social justice into the highlight, and elevating hopes that american citizens can take their state again from the billionaires and alter the process history.

during this publication, Sanders tells the tale of a passionate and principled political lifestyles. He describes how, after slicing his tooth within the Civil Rights stream, he helped construct a grassroots political stream in Vermont, making it attainable for him to develop into the 1st self reliant elected to the united states condominium of Representatives in 40 years. the tale keeps into the USA Senate and during the dramatic release of his presidential campaign.

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He introduces the idea that voters discount party positions, since they are well aware that candidates do not always deliver fully on their promises. Promise does not equal performance. Second, like Matthews, Grofman argues that voters locate parties in relation to the status quo, rather than in relation to the distance along the ­left–right dimension. Since voters are not sure that parties will actually move to their declared location in the policy space when it comes to actually delivering on policies, the outcomes change.

We develop a model that distinguishes among three types of valence judgment that citizens make: policy judgments (which involve the sort of judgments that are included in our analysis of party choice in Chapter 5); incumbent versus opposition partisanship (which ­provides a summary measure of retrospective assessments of the performance of the governing party vis-à-vis the opposition); and generic judgments about the mainstream parties and their leaders. We examine the power of these three types of valence judgment to explain individual and system orientations in comparison with rival explanations rooted in ideology and values, personal beliefs (attitudes Performance politics and the British voter 29 towards personal responsibility), and social orientations (social trust).

This finding suggests that the valence politics model is relevant for explaining all aspects of electoral choice. In Chapter 6, we investigate how the 2005 campaign affected turnout and party choice. It once was conventional wisdom that British election campaigns did not matter. However, research conducted over the past decade has demonstrated that, in fact, campaigns can be influential. One set of analyses in Chapter 6 considers the impact of constituency-level campaigning conducted by local party activists and the effects of constituency-level party spending – what we call the ‘ground war’.

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