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Envy in politics

Author: Gwyneth H McClendon
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Princeton studies in political behavior.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How envy, spite, and the pursuit of admiration influence politicsWhy do governments underspend on policies that would make their constituents better off? Why do people participate in contentious politics when they could reap benefits if they were to abstain? In Envy in Politics, Gwyneth McClendon contends that if we want to understand these and other forms of puzzling political behavior, we should pay attention to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McClendon, Gwyneth H.
Envy in Politics
Princeton : Princeton University Press,c2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gwyneth H McClendon
ISBN: 9781400889815 1400889812
OCLC Number: 1028552258
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; LIST OF FIGURES; LIST OF TABLES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; ONE Introduction: Status Concerns and Political Behavior; TWO Applications; Preferences over Redistribution; Government Underspending; Mobilization of Collective Action; THREE Elaborations on the Main Arguments; FOUR Conclusion; TECHNICAL NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
Series Title: Princeton studies in political behavior.
Responsibility: Gwyneth H. McClendon.
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How envy, spite, and the pursuit of admiration influence politicsWhy do governments underspend on policies that would make their constituents better off? Why do people participate in contentious politics when they could reap benefits if they were to abstain? In Envy in Politics, Gwyneth McClendon contends that if we want to understand these and other forms of puzzling political behavior, we should pay attention to envy, spite, and the pursuit of admiration--all manifestations of our desire to maintain or enhance our status within groups. Drawing together insights from political philosophy, behavioral economics, psychology, and anthropology, McClendon explores how and under what conditions status motivations influence politics. Through surveys, case studies, interviews, and an experiment, McClendon argues that when concerns about in-group status are unmanaged by social conventions or are explicitly primed by elites, status motivations can become drivers of public opinion and political participation. McClendon focuses on the United States and South Africa—two countries that provide tough tests for her arguments while also demonstrating that the arguments apply in different contexts. From debates over redistribution to the mobilization of collective action, Envy in Politics presents the first theoretical and empirical investigation of the connection between status motivations and political behavior.

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