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This book seeks to elucidate its subject - the governing of democratic state - by making intelligible the party politics of democracies. Downs treats this differently than do other students of politics. His explanations are systematically related to, and deductible from, precisely stated assumptions about the motivations that attend the decisions of voters and parties and ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 31st 1997 by Pearson (first published 1957)
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Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: economics, philosophy
This is a book that the large majority of students seeking an advanced degree in politics will encounter at some point or another. Even if you never read the actual text, you will no doubt come across many mentions of "Downsian logic" or something similar. Therefore, regardless of the actual content of the book, it's one that is important to be familiar with just because it is a primary text that is referenced all the time, and considered a foundational text for rational choice theory, probably ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
By Anthony Downs, not Rudolph Steiner.
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Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
read as text for a grad seminar. "the most cited work in political science," or so said Dr. Wielhouwer. a good thing to have read, but not light weekend reading.

doesn't stand alone too well; read this and some other things - like Mayhew's 'Congress: The Electoral Connection' or any other rational choice work.
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Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Insightful economic analysis of democratic political systems, the intersection of economics and political science.
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(actually, I only skimmed it)
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