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This is the best book to help you understand the wild 2016 campaign - Vox
"Back in May, Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels released Democracy for Realists, based on years of scholarship they’ve done on the ugly realities of how American voting behavior really works. It sheds crucial light on a question that liberals have been banging their heads over for months — why on earth would anyone vote for Donald Trump? Their analysis is both troubling and important: Throughout history, people in general have cast their votes for no particularly good reason at all, so there’s no reason to expect Trump supporters to be any different. "
book  review  political-science  democracy  voting  psychology  reasoning  decision-making  cognition 
october 2016 by tsuomela
Ruy Teixeira Reviews Linda Killian's "The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power Of Independents" | The New Republic
I SUPPOSE WE should be grateful to Linda Killian. Her new book collects in one place every clichéd and suspect empirical generalization about political independents. So in that sense—and only in that sense—it is a useful volume
book  review  politics  independent  voting 
march 2012 by tsuomela
American National Election Studies
The American National Election Studies (ANES) produces high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists who want to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national election outcomes.
political-science  data-sources  elections  statistics  data  politics  voting  research  academic  public-opinion 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Growthology: Three Cheers for Ignorance
Bill Maher says Americans are stupid, Tim Kane responds with some Bryan Caplan "Myth of the Rational Voter" style analysis.
ignorance  democracy  rationality  voting  america 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Smart Politics - Franken's (Apparent) Victory Is 4th Weakest U.S. Senate Performance in DFL History
A Smart Politics analysis of Minnesota's historical U.S. Senate election returns finds Franken's performance to be the 4th worst out of the 22 DFL nominees on the ballot in general elections since the DFL merger in 1944, when measured against the performance of DFLers at the top of the ticket in presidential and gubernatorial elections held that year.
politics  minnesota  voting  senate  election  2008  elections 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Main Page - Ballotpedia
Collects information on ballot initiatives and referenda.
politics  america  voting  reference  wiki 
october 2008 by tsuomela
How Voters Decide - Cambridge University Press
This book attempts to redirect the field of voting behavior research by proposing a paradigm-shifting framework for studying voter decision making. An innovative experimental methodology is presented for getting ‘inside the heads’ of citizens as they confront the overwhelming rush of information from modern presidential election campaigns. Four broad theoretically-defined types of decision strategies that voters employ to help decide which candidate to support are described and operationally-defined. Individual and campaign-related factors that lead voters to adopt one or another of these strategies are examined. Most importantly, this research proposes a new normative focus for the scientific study of voting behavior: we should care about not just which candidate received the most votes, but also how many citizens voted correctly - that is, in accordance with their own fully-informed preferences.
political-science  voting  psychology  theory  decision-making  model 
october 2008 by tsuomela
Why we vote the way we do - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Q: What's the most important thing about voters that you discovered while researching your book?

A: Please do not pose this as though I'm the first one to have found this ... but one of the clear things from our research is that the people who look at the most information, who gather the most information, are not necessarily the people who are going to best be able to determine which candidate is best for them. Really people often do better with little information than with a lot of information. We had two different types of voters who we talked about. One type was what we called "fast and frugal voters." Another we called "cognitive misers" or "heuristic-based voters," who'd look for specific cues and go for them.
politics  political-science  psychology  voting  decision-making  heuristic  frugal 
october 2008 by tsuomela
Undecided voters? - Los Angeles Times
It's a bit odd that we give the Undecided Voter such a privileged place in American elections. Because from a civic standpoint, few creatures are as contemptible. This election has dominated every form of American news media for the better part of two years. Newspapers, magazines, networks, cable, radio, blogs, people on street corners with signs -- it's really been rather hard to miss. Further, it pits two extremely different candidates against each other. Whether your metric is age, ideology, temperament, race, funding sources, healthcare plans or Iraq strategies, it would be hard to imagine two men presenting a starker contrast.
voting  election  political-science 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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