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The Resource Democracy for realists : why elections do not produce responsive government, Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels

Democracy for realists : why elections do not produce responsive government, Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels

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Democracy for realists : why elections do not produce responsive government
Title
Democracy for realists
Title remainder
why elections do not produce responsive government
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Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels
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eng
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"Democracy for Realists assails the romantic folk-theory at the heart of contemporary thinking about democratic politics and government, and offers a provocative alternative view grounded in the actual human nature of democratic citizens.Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels deploy a wealth of social-scientific evidence, including ingenious original analyses of topics ranging from abortion politics and budget deficits to the Great Depression and shark attacks, to show that the familiar ideal of thoughtful citizens steering the ship of state from the voting booth is fundamentally misguided. They demonstrate that voters--even those who are well informed and politically engaged--mostly choose parties and candidates on the basis of social identities and partisan loyalties, not political issues. They also show that voters adjust their policy views and even their perceptions of basic matters of fact to match those loyalties. When parties are roughly evenly matched, elections often turn on irrelevant or misleading considerations such as economic spurts or downturns beyond the incumbents' control; the outcomes are essentially random. Thus, voters do not control the course of public policy, even indirectly.Achen and Bartels argue that democratic theory needs to be founded on identity groups and political parties, not on the preferences of individual voters. Democracy for Realists provides a powerful challenge to conventional thinking, pointing the way toward a fundamentally different understanding of the realities and potential of democratic government.Provided by publisher
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Achen and Bartels argue that democratic theory needs to be founded on identity groups and political parties, not on the preferences of individual voters. Democracy for Realists provides a powerful challenge to conventional thinking, pointing the way toward a fundamentally different understanding of the realities and potential of democratic government
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N$T
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321.8
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Princeton studies in political behavior
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adult
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why elections do not produce responsive government
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Democracy for realists : why elections do not produce responsive government, Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels
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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=2586842
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-369) and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier.
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black and white
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text
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Contents
Democratic Ideals and Realities -- The Elusive Mandate: Elections and the Mirage of Popular Control -- Tumbling Down into a Democratical Republick: "Pure Democracy" and the Pitfalls of Popular Control -- A Rational God of Vengeance and of Reward? The Logic of Retrospective Accountability -- Blind Retrospection: Electoral Responses to Droughts, Floods, and Shark Attacks -- Musical Chairs: Economic Voting and the Specious Present -- A Chicken in Every Pot: Ideology and Retrospection in the Great Depression -- The Very Basis of Reasons: Groups, Social Identities, and Political Psychology -- Partisan Hearts and Spleens: Social Identities and Political Change -- It Feels Like We're Thinking: The Rationalizing Voter -- Groups and Power: Toward a Realist Theory of Democracy -- Appendix: Retrospective Voting as Selection and Sanctioning
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ocn945632713
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1 online resource (xvi, 390 pages)
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9781400882731
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rdamedia.
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c
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illustrations.
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remote
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D3D24333-B97D-4D13-AF01-8B7B2A1FF1B9
System control number
(OCoLC)945632713
Label
Democracy for realists : why elections do not produce responsive government, Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=2586842
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-369) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Democratic Ideals and Realities -- The Elusive Mandate: Elections and the Mirage of Popular Control -- Tumbling Down into a Democratical Republick: "Pure Democracy" and the Pitfalls of Popular Control -- A Rational God of Vengeance and of Reward? The Logic of Retrospective Accountability -- Blind Retrospection: Electoral Responses to Droughts, Floods, and Shark Attacks -- Musical Chairs: Economic Voting and the Specious Present -- A Chicken in Every Pot: Ideology and Retrospection in the Great Depression -- The Very Basis of Reasons: Groups, Social Identities, and Political Psychology -- Partisan Hearts and Spleens: Social Identities and Political Change -- It Feels Like We're Thinking: The Rationalizing Voter -- Groups and Power: Toward a Realist Theory of Democracy -- Appendix: Retrospective Voting as Selection and Sanctioning
Control code
ocn945632713
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 390 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400882731
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
D3D24333-B97D-4D13-AF01-8B7B2A1FF1B9
System control number
(OCoLC)945632713

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