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By Paul M. Sniderman,Benjamin Highton

Citizens are political simpletons--that is barely a modest exaggeration of a typical characterization of citizens. definitely, there's no scarcity of proof of electorate' restricted political wisdom, even approximately issues of the top value, besides inconsistencies of their pondering, a few obtrusive via any ordinary. yet this photo of electorate all too frequently ways caricature.

Paul Sniderman and Benjamin Highton collect major political scientists who provide new insights into the political deliberating the general public, the motives of get together polarization, the motivations for political participation, and the paradoxical courting among turnout and democratic illustration. those reports propel a foundational argument approximately democracy. citizens can merely do in addition to the choices on provide. those choices are restricted through 3rd gamers, particularly activists, curiosity teams, and monetary individuals. the end result: citizens usually seem to be shortsighted, severe, and inconsistent as the possible choices they need to make a choice from are shortsighted, severe, and inconsistent.

Facing the problem of Democracy gains contributions through John Aldrich, Stephen Ansolabehere, Edward Carmines, Jack Citrin, Susanna Dilliplane, Christopher Ellis, Michael Ensley, Melanie Freeze, Donald eco-friendly, Eitan Hersh, Simon Jackman, Gary Jacobson, Matthew Knee, Jonathan Krasno, Arthur Lupia, David Magleby, Eric McGhee, Diana Mutz, Candice Nelson, Benjamin web page, Kathryn Pearson, Eric Schickler, John facets, James Stimson, Lynn Vavreck, Michael Wagner, Mark Westlye, and Tao Xie.

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