American political beliefs are shaped by founding ideals, core values, linkage institutions (e.g., elections, political parties, interest groups, and the media in all its forms), and the changing demographics of citizens. These beliefs about government, politics, and the individual’s role in the political system influence the outcome of elections and the creation of public policies.
- How are American political beliefs formed and how do they evolve over time?
- How do political ideology and core values influence government policy making?
- Why do levels of participation in politics vary?
- How effective are the various methods of political participation in shaping public policies?