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Danny Oppenheimer; Mike Edwards
|Beschreibung:||245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Inhalt:||pt.1. Democracy is crazy. Don't know much about ... well, anything, really ; "We the people" are irrational ; Electoral madness ; Too many voices --
pt. 2. Restoring some sanity. Procedure, process, and prophecy ; Letting off steam ; Overcoming our weaknesses ; Throwing the bums out --
Conclusion : The means justify the ends.
|Verfasserangabe:||Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards.|
Oppenheimer, a psychologist, and Edwards, a political scientist, draw on cutting-edge research in their fields to investigate the question and suggest an answer.
Oppenheimer and Edwards argue that democracy works because regular elections, no matter how flawed, produce a variety of unintuitive, positive consequences. Mass participation in contested elections creates psychological pressure for voters to be better citizens and for politicians to be better leaders; alternating power regularly between different factions helps avoid instability; citizens are sometimes able to overcome their ignorance and make informed choices; and voters do have the power to punish politicians for excessively bad behavior. The brilliance of democracy, write Oppenheimer and Edwards, does not lie in the people's ability to pick superior leaders. It lies in the many ways that it subtly encourages the flawed people and their flawed leaders to work toward building a better society."--pub. desc.