Sociology in Our Times Study Set 4
Quiz 13 :
Politics and the Economy in Global Perspective
The US for last three hundred years has been following, democracy. It is a system of government, people are the sovereign, in which a nations governance and leadership is chosen by the people. One of the key features of democracy is that the people can criticize and even replace the leaders. In democracy, the citizens are required to participate in the decisions of the government. Citizens must be aware of the public issues, follow the conduct of the elected leaders, and fearlessly express opinions. Periodically, citizens also should involve in voting for electing the leaders. Since the people of the country elect their leaders and government, people themselves are responsible for the decisions and policies of the country. The economic representatives such as large corporations, successful small businesses and organized clusters having business interests exert significant influence on US government policy. But, the masses and ordinary citizens have little influence on the government policies. The economically advanced individuals and groups have greater opportunities to interact with the government, and influence their policies better than the ordinary citizens.
The design of research project to study the influence of social media on people's opinion about political candidates is as follows. • About two hundred Facebook profiles (residents of the US) shall be randomly selected. • The selected profiles will be notified about the purpose of the research, and consent to browse their profiles for a period of three months will be obtained. • The researcher shall engage with the profiles through the 'message' facility of the facebook. • The researcher shall follow the politically oriented posts, comments, 'likes' and replies. • A content analysis of the conversations in the Facebook pages will be carried out as part of the analysis This exploratory research shall establish how political opinions are formed in the social media.