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Election Campaigns
Election campaigns

If elections are the defining characteristic of democracies, then election campaigns are important to understand. But are they themselves important? That is, do they matter? In what ways?

Election campaigns can have many different effects. They can engage our interest in politics, causing us to pay more attention than we do in periods between elections. After all, the campaigns themselves are interesting, the stuff of much political activity and mass media coverage. In fact, many campaigns take it as an objective to pique our interest–or at least to attract our attention. The more we pay attention, of course, the more we may take stock of the government and its policies. We may reconsider our issue positions and possibly adopt new ones. We may ...

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