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Answer the prompts below in 3 to 4 pages total (double spaced, 12 font, 1 inch margins). Please be as detailed as possible. Make sure to cite any external sources. You may use any citation style you like (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.). Given space constraints, you should avoid long and flashy introductions and simply cut to the chase and answer questions. Note that you will be graded on the accuracy of your descriptions, how well you apply the theories, and the quality of your arguments. Therefore, side with the theory you think is correct and not the one you think I prefer.


In class we discussed the rational choice and symbolic politics models of political behavior. I would like for you to 1) to describe the main arguments of these theories and their underlying assumptions, 2) use these two theories to explain why individuals might support certain politicians and political positions and/or policies, and 3) discuss which theory you think offers the most accurate description of the real world and why that is the case. You may choose any issue or political leader you like.