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ERIC Number: ED208512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 15
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The Staging of Value Statements from Inception to Implementation During Critical Election Periods.
Danis, Ruth
Research on schoolboard and city council elections over a 60-year period in Santa Barbara, California, indicates that the community made roughly simultaneous changes in policy direction in both political areas. The study examines the effects of common ideologies or values on electoral issues and candidates as well as the role of elections as mechanisms of change. Both a general model, derived from V. O. Key's theory of "turning point periods," and a model of ideological evolution are used to describe the sequence of events in change periods, in which shifts in values lead to a triggering election and thence to an affirming election, realignment, a final test election, and quiescence. The researchers apply conflict measures--including incumbent defeat, executive succession, the number of candidates, and voter turnout--to all elections during the 60-year period. They identify two change periods during which the two local governing agencies responded to shifts in broad community values. In the 1930s the community turned toward "equity," or social services, while in the 1970s the voters shifted toward "quality," or higher standards. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Santa Barbara)