Degrees of Democracy Politics, Public Opinion, and Policy

ISBN-10: 0521687896

ISBN-13: 9780521687898

Edition: 2010

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Christopher Wlezien is the Hogg Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is coauthor of Degrees of Democracy.

Preface
Public Opinion and Policy in Representative Democracy
Policy Representation
Public Responsiveness
Synopsis and Prognosis
The Thermostatic Model
The Mechanics of Public Responsiveness
The Mechanics of Policy Representation
Public Preferences and the Polls
The Reasonableness of the Thermostatic Model
Adding Issues and Institutions
Adding Salience
Adding Institutions
System Efficiency
From Theory to Practice
Public Preferences and Spending - A Preliminary Analysis
Measuring Public Preferences
Measuring Spending Policy
The Measures Summarized
Parameters of Public Responsiveness
Modeling Public Responsiveness
A First Test: Defense and the Domestic Domains Taken Together
Public Responsiveness, by Domain
Parameters of Public Responsiveness
Public Responsiveness Explored
Budgetary Policy versus Actual Spending
The Timing of Responsiveness
Policy, Outcomes, and Public Responsiveness
Federal versus Consolidated Spending
"Global" versus "Specific" Responsiveness
The Focus of Public Responsiveness
Policy Representation
Modeling Policy Representation
A First Test: Policy Representation in Defense and the Social Domains
Policy Representation, by Domain
Representation in Budgetary Policy
Representation and Marginality: The Electoral Connection
Representation or Manipulation?
Responsiveness and Representation
Disaggregating Public Responsiveness and Policy Representation
On Equality
Group Differences in the Literature
Parallel Publics?
Groups and Public Responsiveness
Groups and Policy Representation
The Homogeneity of Opinion-Policy Dynamics
Degrees of Democracy
On Responsiveness and Representation
Institutions and Representative Democracy
The "Efficiency" of Political Systems
Final Thoughts
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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