Attitudes toward Electoral Accountability: A Data-Driven Learning Guide
Goal & Concept
The goal of this module is to explore attitudes about government accountability and their relationship to political participation in the U.S. Crosstabulation will be used.
Accountability is a foundation of democratic principles. Elected representatives are held accountable to their constituents through the electoral process; legislators who do not appear to represent the best interests of their constituents may find it difficult to be re-elected. Citizens who believe that representatives can be held accountable through elections may be more likely to participate in the political process.
Examples of research questions about electoral accountability:
- Are beliefs about electoral accountability related to beliefs about say in government?
- Are people who believe that elections increase accountability for voters more likely keep up with government activity and public affairs?
- How many people believe government officials care about what they think?
- Are people who believe that elections increase accountability for voters more likely to vote?
CITATION: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Attitudes Toward Electoral Accountability: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16. Doi:10.3886/electcompacc
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