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
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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
  • eng
Summary
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
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DE-B1597
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Achen, Christopher H
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other
LC call number
JK1726
LC item number
.A284 2016e
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Bartels, Larry M
  • De Gruyter
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  • Democracy
  • Elections
  • Political participation
  • Voting
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specialized
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Democracy for Realists : Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government, Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter Five. Blind Retrospection: Electoral Responses to Droughts, Floods, and Shark Attacks
  • Chapter Six. Musical Chairs: Economic Voting and the Specious Present
  • Chapter Seven. A Chicken in Every Pot: Ideology and Retrospection in the Great Depression
  • Chapter Eight. The Very Basis of Reasons: Groups, Social Identities, and Political Psychology
  • Chapter Nine. Partisan Hearts and Spleens: Social Identities and Political Change
  • Chapter Ten. It Feels Like We’re Thinking: The Rationalizing Voter
  • Chapter Eleven. Groups and Power: Toward a Realist Theory of Democracy
  • Appendix: Retrospective Voting as Selection and Sanctioning
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Chapter One. Democratic Ideals and Realities
  • Chapter Two. The Elusive Mandate: Elections and the Mirage of Popular Control
  • Chapter Three. Tumbling Down into a Democratical Republick: “Pure Democracy” and the Pitfalls of Popular Control
  • Chapter Four. A Rational God of Vengeance and of Reward? The Logic of Retrospective Accountability
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1 online resource
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online
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9781400882731
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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10.1515/9781400882731
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remote
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  • (DE-B1597)474679
  • (OCoLC)984687754
  • (DE-B1597)9781400882731
Label
Democracy for Realists : Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government, Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter Five. Blind Retrospection: Electoral Responses to Droughts, Floods, and Shark Attacks
  • Chapter Six. Musical Chairs: Economic Voting and the Specious Present
  • Chapter Seven. A Chicken in Every Pot: Ideology and Retrospection in the Great Depression
  • Chapter Eight. The Very Basis of Reasons: Groups, Social Identities, and Political Psychology
  • Chapter Nine. Partisan Hearts and Spleens: Social Identities and Political Change
  • Chapter Ten. It Feels Like We’re Thinking: The Rationalizing Voter
  • Chapter Eleven. Groups and Power: Toward a Realist Theory of Democracy
  • Appendix: Retrospective Voting as Selection and Sanctioning
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Chapter One. Democratic Ideals and Realities
  • Chapter Two. The Elusive Mandate: Elections and the Mirage of Popular Control
  • Chapter Three. Tumbling Down into a Democratical Republick: “Pure Democracy” and the Pitfalls of Popular Control
  • Chapter Four. A Rational God of Vengeance and of Reward? The Logic of Retrospective Accountability
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400882731
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400882731
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)474679
  • (OCoLC)984687754
  • (DE-B1597)9781400882731

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