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On Voter Competence

Author : Paul Goren
ISBN : 9780195396140
Genre : Medical
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Argues with the standard interpretation of the American voter as incompetent in matters of policy.

Follow The Leader

Author : Gabriel S. Lenz
ISBN : 9780226472157
Genre : Political Science
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In a democracy, we generally assume that voters know the policies they prefer and elect like-minded officials who are responsible for carrying them out. We also assume that voters consider candidates' competence, honesty, and other performance-related traits. But does this actually happen? Do voters consider candidates’ policy positions when deciding for whom to vote? And how do politicians’ performances in office factor into the voting decision? In Follow the Leader?, Gabriel S. Lenz sheds light on these central questions of democratic thought. Lenz looks at citizens’ views of candidates both before and after periods of political upheaval, including campaigns, wars, natural disasters, and episodes of economic boom and bust. Noting important shifts in voters’ knowledge and preferences as a result of these events, he finds that, while citizens do assess politicians based on their performance, their policy positions actually matter much less. Even when a policy issue becomes highly prominent, voters rarely shift their votes to the politician whose position best agrees with their own. In fact, Lenz shows, the reverse often takes place: citizens first pick a politician and then adopt that politician’s policy views. In other words, they follow the leader. Based on data drawn from multiple countries, Follow the Leader? is the most definitive treatment to date of when and why policy and performance matter at the voting booth, and it will break new ground in the debates about democracy.

Compilation Of Hearings And Markups

Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Rules and Administration
ISBN : MINN:31951D03556646W
Genre : Absentee voting
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Author : Arthur Lupia
ISBN : 9780190263720
Genre : Citizenship
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Research polls, media interviews, and everyday conversations reveal an unsettling truth: citizens, while well-meaning and even passionate about current affairs, appear to know very little about politics. Hundreds of surveys document vast numbers of citizens answering even basic questions about government incorrectly. Given this unfortunate state of affairs, it is not surprising that more knowledgeable people often deride the public for its ignorance. Some experts even think that less informed citizens should stay out of politics altogether. As Arthur Lupia shows in Uninformed, this is not constructive. At root, critics of public ignorance fundamentally misunderstand the problem. Many experts believe that simply providing people with more facts will make them more competent voters. However, these experts fail to understand how most people learn, and hence don't really know what types of information are even relevant to voters. Feeding them information they don't find relevant does not address the problem. In other words, before educating the public, we need to educate the educators. Lupia offers not just a critique, though; he also has solutions. Drawing from a variety of areas of research on topics like attention span and political psychology, he shows how we can actually increase issue competence among voters in areas ranging from gun regulation to climate change. To attack the problem, he develops an arsenal of techniques to effectively convey to people information they actually care about. Citizens sometimes lack the knowledge that they need to make competent political choices, and it is undeniable that greater knowledge can improve decision making. But we need to understand that voters either don't care about or pay attention to much of the information that experts think is important. Uninformed provides the keys to improving political knowledge and civic competence: understanding what information is important to others and knowing how to best convey it to them.

European Journal Of Political Research

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132679411
Genre : Political science
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Europe In Question

Author : Sara Binzer Hobolt
ISBN : 019954994X
Genre : History
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Europe in Question explains how voters decide in European Union referendums. Direct democracy plays an increasingly important role in the process of European integration, but how do citizens actually decide in these referendums? This question is addressed in this comprehensive, up-to-date study of the use of direct democratic institutions in Europe. The book presents a comparative study of campaign dynamics, elite strategies and voting behaviour inEuropean referendums from 1972 and 2008. The author also addresses the question of whether citizens are sufficiently competent to decide on complex matters of European integration and concludes that voters are far more competent than they are often given credit for.

Patterns Of Voting On Ballot Propositions

Author : Jeffrey A. Dubin
ISBN : UCLA:L0065955064
Genre : Political Science
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