Democracy for Realists

Democracy for Realists

Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government

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Achen and Bartels argue that democratic theory needs to be founded on identity groups and political parties, not on the preferences of individual voters. Democracy for Realists provides a powerful challenge to conventional thinking, pointing the way toward a fundamentally different understanding of the realities and potential of democratic government. --Publisher
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780691169446
0691169446
Branch Call Number: 321.8 ACHEN
JF1001 .A34 2016
Characteristics: xvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bartels, Larry M. 1956-- Author

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sufed
Mar 11, 2017

This is an excellent academic book, but emphasis is definitely on the 'academic.' It presupposes a rather extensive familiarity with political science debates, terminology and positions. It is not 'chatty' or 'popular,' and is most definitely not aimed at the general public. In academic circles, it is getting well reviewed, though this does not mean it as always 100% agreed with. If you have the patience and the wit (and are willing to delve into the book's bibliography), it is an excellent primer on the huge debate of what is, what has been and what can be democracy.

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StarGladiator
Apr 21, 2016

More pure bunkem out of Princeton University Press [guess they aren't capable of anything else, huh?]!
Would refer the interested reader to Jane Mayer's outstanding book, Dark Money ||| and Donald Gibson's outstanding book: Wealth, Power, and the Crisis of Laissez Faire Capitalism ||| and David Talbot's phenomenally interesting book: The Devil's Chessboard.

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