Collective Preferences in Democratic Politics Opinion Surveys and the Will of the People

ISBN-10: 0521527872

ISBN-13: 9780521527873

Edition: 2003

Authors: Scott L. Althaus
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Description: Since so few people appear knowledgeable about public affairs, one might question whether collective policy preferences revealed in opinion surveys accurately convey the distribution of voices and interests in a society. Scott Althaus' comprehensive analysis of the relationship between knowledge, representation, and political equality (in opinion surveys) leads to surprising answers. Knowledge does matter, and the way it is dispensed in society can cause collective preferences to reflect opinions disproportionately. Accordingly, the study can help survey researchers, journalists, politicians, and concerned citizens better appreciate the problems and potentials of the usage of opinion polls to represent the people's voice.

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List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/8/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction
Illusions of Aggregation
The power of noise
Who speaks for the people?
Information Effects in Collective Preferences
The impact of information effects
The structure and causes of information effects
The temporal dynamics of information effects
Opinion Surveys and Democratic Politics
Opinion surveys and the will of the people
What surveys can tell us about public opinion
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