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Book review: democracy for realists: why elections do not produce responsive government by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels

Carrol, Peter (2017) Book review: democracy for realists: why elections do not produce responsive government by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels. LSE Review of Books (30 Jan 2017). Website.

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Abstract

In Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government, Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels challenge the ‘folk’ version of democracy that presumes that voting is undertaken by the ‘omnipotent, sovereign citizen’. Instead, they argue that voters tend to base their decision-making on partisan loyalties, leaving the current democratic system open to exploitation by powerful, unscrupulous actors. While noting that a number of its US-based examples are somewhat dated, Peter Carrol nonetheless recommends this as a vital and potentially enlightening companion for those struggling to make sense of the 2016 US presidential election result and its unfolding consequences.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author © CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 17:38
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 23:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69271

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