Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions: The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (Hardback)
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Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions: The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (Hardback)

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Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 13/03/1998
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Voters cannot answer simple survey questions about politics. Legislators cannot recall the details of legislation. Jurors cannot comprehend legal arguments. Observations such as these are plentiful and several generations of pundits and scholars have used these observations to claim that voters, legislators, and jurors are incompetent. Are these claims correct? Do voters, jurors, and legislators who lack political information make bad decisions? In The Democratic Dilemma, Professors Arthur Lupia and Mathew McCubbins explain how citizens make decisions about complex issues. Combining insights from economics, political science, and the cognitive sciences, they seek to develop theories and experiments about learning and choice. They use these tools to identify the requirements for reasoned choice - the choice that a citizen would make if she possessed a certain (perhaps, greater) level of knowledge. The results clarify debates about voter, juror, and legislator competence and also reveal how the design of political institutions affects citizens' abilities to govern themselves effectively.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521584487
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Lupia and McCubbins competently and clearly shed light on the foundations of how citizens learn.' Political Studies
"The Democratic Dilemma is an impressive treatment of one of the most important issues in democratic theory: the individual's inability to make fully informed decisions. This book shows that rational ignorance and the continuous pursuit of knowledge, are inseparable concepts, with far-reaching implications for the analysis of politics. It redefines the research agenda in democratic theory and information. This book is a must for all students of political institutions." Pablo T. Spiller, University of California, Berkeley
"This book is a must read for anyone interested in the design of democratic institutions." Roberta Romano, Yale Law School
"The Democratic Dilemma does for modern democracy what Aristotle's Rhetoric did for ancient Athens....This combination of classic and modern insight results in a powerful and compelling book." Mark Turner, University of Maryland
"Drawing on rational choice theory, cognitive science, experimental methods, and just plain old fashioned common sense, they develop a tight and compelling argument about information, persuasion, institutions, and democratic performance." Kenneth A. Shepsle, Harvard University
"Lupia and McCubbins have created a powerful, methodoologically sophisticated tool....Graduate collections." Choice

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