Download e-book for kindle: Follow the Leader?: How Voters Respond to Politicians' by Gabriel S. Lenz

By Gabriel S. Lenz

ISBN-10: 0226472132

ISBN-13: 9780226472133

ISBN-10: 0226472140

ISBN-13: 9780226472140

In a democracy, we commonly think that electorate be aware of the guidelines they like and select like-minded officers who're liable for sporting them out. We additionally imagine that citizens think about applicants' competence, honesty, and different performance-related characteristics. yet does this truly ensue? Do citizens think about applicants’ coverage positions while identifying for whom to vote? and the way do politicians’ performances in workplace issue into the vote casting decision?


In Follow the Leader?, Gabriel S. Lenz sheds gentle on those principal questions of democratic concept. Lenz seems at voters’ perspectives of applicants either prior to and after sessions of political upheaval, together with campaigns, wars, traditional failures, and episodes of monetary growth and bust. Noting vital shifts in electorate’ wisdom and personal tastes due to those occasions, he reveals that, whereas electorate do determine politicians in accordance with their functionality, their coverage positions really count less. even if a coverage factor turns into hugely sought after, citizens hardly shift their votes to the baby-kisser whose place top is of the same opinion with their very own. in truth, Lenz indicates, the opposite usually happens: electorate first choose a political candidate after which undertake that politician’s coverage perspectives. In different phrases, they keep on with the leader.


Based on info drawn from a number of international locations, Follow the Leader? is the main definitive therapy to this point of while and why coverage and function subject on the balloting sales space, and it'll holiday new flooring within the debates approximately democracy.

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