From Tea Leaves to Opinion Polls A Theory of Democratic Leadership

ISBN-10: 0231102798
ISBN-13: 9780231102797
Edition: 1996
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/5/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 225
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The first in-depth analysis of the link between politicians' behavior and opinion polls. Exploring political action within a broad historical context, the book develops a theory to show how the behavior of politicians, and the unfolding of political change, have been irrevocably altered since the advent of opinion polling in the 1930s.

John G. Geer (Ph.D., Princeton University) is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. Geer is the former editor of The Journal of Politics. He has published numerous articles and several books, including IN DEFENSE OF NEGATIVITY, which won the Goldsmith Book prize from Harvard University in 2008. He has provided extensive commentary in the news media on politics, including live nationwide interviews for FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, and NPR. Geer has also written op-ed pieces for Politico, The Washington Post, the LA Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. He teaches a range of undergraduate classes, including Introduction to American Government. In 2005, he won The College of Arts and Sciences' Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2009, he won Vanderbilt University's Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. In 2014, he won the Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award.

Robert Y. Shapiro is professor of political science at Columbia University.

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction
Politicians, Information, and Leadership: A Theory
Information and Opinion Polls
Marshalling a bit of Evidence
The Changing Prospects for Leadership
The Changing Characteristics of Democratic Politicians
More Echoes, Fewer Choices: Political Change and Opinion Polls
Leadership, Democracy, and Information: Final Thoughts
References
Index

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