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On Voter Competence

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ISBN-10: 0195396146

ISBN-13: 9780195396140

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paul Goren

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A half century of research shows that most citizens are shockingly uninformed about public affairs, liberal-conservative ideologies, and the issues of the day. This has led most scholars to condemn typical American voters as politically brainless and to conclude that policy voting lies beyond their reach. On Voter Competence breaks sharply from this view. According to Paul Goren, people vote based on abstract policy principles, a practice that has escaped scholars because they have searched for evidence of policy voting in the wrong places. Once we turn away from liberal-conservative predispositions and issue preferences, we find that nearly everyone holds genuine policy principles and uses…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/21/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.38" wide x 9.49" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The Indictment of the American Voter
Policy Cleavages in Historical Context
Policy Attitudes and Political Sophistication
The Three Faces of Policy Voting
The Availability of Policy Principles
The Centrality of Policy Principles
The Origins of Policy Principles
The Electoral Consequences of Policy Principles
The Exoneration of the American Voter?
Appendix: Measurement of Key Variables