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Author Achen, Christopher H.

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

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]


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Description xvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Princeton studies in political behavior
Princeton studies in political behavior.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-369) and index.
Contents 1. Democratic Ideals and Realities -- 2. The Elusive Mandate: Elections and the Mirage of Popular Control -- 3. Tumbling Down into a Democratical Republick: "Pure Democracy" and the Pitfalls of Popular Control -- 4. A Rational God of Vengeance and of Reward? The Logic of Retrospective Accountability -- 5. Blind Retrospection: Electoral Responses to Droughts, Floods, and Shark Attacks -- 6. Musical Chairs: Economic Voting and the Specious Present -- 7. A Chicken in Every Pot: Ideology and Retrospection in the Great Depression -- 8. The Very Basis of Reasons: Groups, Social Identities, and Political Psychology -- 9. Partisan Hearts and Spleens: Social Identities and Political Change -- 10. It Feels Like We're Thinking: The Rationalizing Voter -- 11. Groups and Power: Toward a Realist Theory of Democracy -- Appendix: Retrospective Voting as Selection and Sanctioning.
Summary 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. --Publisher.
Subject Democracy -- United States.
Elections -- United States.
Voting -- United States.
Political participation -- United States.
Representative government and representation -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
Democracy. (OCoLC)fst00890077
Elections. (OCoLC)fst00904324
Political participation. (OCoLC)fst01069386
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Representative government and representation. (OCoLC)fst01094941
Voting. (OCoLC)fst01169232
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Bartels, Larry M., 1956-
ISBN 9780691169446 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
0691169446 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
Standard No. 9780691169446

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