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Follow the Leader?: How Voters Respond to Politicians' Policies and Performance
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 ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published October 1st 2012)
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This book is an outgrowth of the author's PhD thesis, and while it's not exactly written in a popular style, it's not written in turgid scholar-speak either. The thesis is that voters are much more likely to first decide which political leader they like, and then align their policy views with that leader -- assuming the policy is something that becomes visible enough for the the voter to even know what the leader's stance is. He argues that the information costs of becoming well-versed in politi ...more