The American Independent Voter Introduction According to the United States voting system an independent voter is a non-partisan electorate who is not affiliated with a particular political party. Independents can either be pure or leaning. Leaning Independents tend to vote for the party they lean more towards thus they are partially partisan in that sense. Pure independents on the other hand are not influenced by any party and cannot be explicitly associated with any. They are just driven by national interest and more importantly patriotism. The parties in question are the Republicans and Democrats. Over the last decade there has been quite a significant increase in the number of independent voters. It is of undeniable importance to put into consideration the impact of these voters especially as the United States is headed into the 2016 general elections. Relevant to presidential elections independent voters over history have been significantly influential Horowitz. "When backing down is the right decision: Partisanship new information and audience costs." The Journal of Politics 74 no. 02 (2012): 323-338. Medeiros Mike and Alain Noël. "The Forgotten Side of Partisanship Negative Party Identification in Four Anglo-American Democracies." Comparative Political Studies (2013): 0010414013488560. Miller Arthur H. and Martin P. Wattenberg. "Measuring party identification: Independent or no partisan preference?." American Journal of Political Science (1983): 106-121. Nicholson Stephen P. "Polarizing cues." American Journal of Political Science 56 no. 1 (2012): 52-66. Noel Hans. Political ideologies and political parties in America. Cambridge University Press 2014. Sinclair Barbara. Party wars: Polarization and the politics of national policy making. Vol. 10. University of Oklahoma Press 2014. Sniderman Paul M. and Edward H. Stiglitz. The reputational premium: A theory of party identification and policy reasoning. Princeton University Press 2012. Ura Joseph Daniel and Christopher R. Ellis. "Partisan moods: Polarization and the dynamics of mass party preferences." The Journal of Politics 74 no. 01 (2012): 277-291. [...]
Looking for a degree in Politics! Directions: Analyze the voting behavior of the American Electorate in the United States (U.S.) Presidential Elections and synchronize nonpartisan voters and their voting attitudes that make them willingly unidentified with the two major political parties. Moreover, pay particular attention to Independent voter attitudes and characteristics with an overview of the historical and anomalous perspective of the "Independent voter" perspective. Be sure to place a primary focus on the historical voting patterns of American Independent voters in the United States and explore what factors contribute to Independent voting choice, specifically in the 2016 Presidential Election. Here is a general thesis: (If you would like to improve, please let's discuss first.) To what extent do factors shape the voting behavior on the increasing rise of American Independent voter choice and voter turnout in the 2016 United States Presidential Election and by extension, how do independents differ in part from the two major partisan ties of the Democratic and Republican parties? Lastly, I have a list of peer-reviewed sources which should make this work easier. :) Please include the following: cover-page, 12 pt Times New Roman Font, Chicago-style footnotes and bibliography (Both cover page and bibliography not included in page count.) DEADLINES: The first 10 pages partial draft, due Oct 30th 2016. Then, Nov 6th, another 10 pages, 20 pages total. Nov 13th, another 10 pages, 30 pages and finally Nov 20th,2016 final deadline for full 35 pages.