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Experts, activists, and democratic politics : are electorates self-educating?

Author: T K Ahn; R Robert Huckfeldt; John Barry Ryan
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Series: Cambridge studies in public opinion and political psychology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book addresses opinion leadership in democratic politics as a process whereby individuals send and receive information through their informally based networks of political communication. The analyses are based on a series of small group experiments, conducted by the authors, which build on accumulated evidence from more than seventy years of survey data regarding political communication among interdependent  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T K Ahn; R Robert Huckfeldt; John Barry Ryan
ISBN: 9781107068872 1107068878 9781107657724 1107657725
OCLC Number: 884313944
Description: xvii, 278 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Experts, activists, and self-educating electorates / Ahn, Huckfeldt Ryan --
2. The imperatives of interdependence / Ahn, Huckfeldt Ryan --
3. Experts, activists, and the social communication of political expertise / Ahn, Huckfeldt, Mendez, Osborn, Ryan --
4. Unanimity, discord, and opportunities for opinion leadership / Ahn, Huckfeldt, Mendez and Ryan --
; 5. Informational asymmetries among voters / Ahn, Huckfeldt and Ryan --
6. Expertise and bias in political communication networks / Ahn, Huckfeldt, Mayer and Ryan --
7. Interdependence, communication, and calculation: costs, benefits and opinion leadership/ Ahn, Huckfeldt and Ryan --
8. Partisanship and the efficacy of social communication in constrained environments /Ryan --
9. Noise, bias, and expertise: the dynamics of becoming informed / Huckfeldt, Pietryka and Reilly --
10. Complex dynamics of polical communication / Huckfeldt, Pietryka and Reilly --
11. Experts, activists, and democratic prospects / Ahn, Huckfeldt and Ryan.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in public opinion and political psychology.
Responsibility: T.K. Ahn, Seoul National University, Robert Huckfeldt, University of California, Davis, John Barry Ryan, Stony Brook University.
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This book addresses opinion leadership in democratic politics as a process whereby individuals send and receive information through their informally based networks of political communication.  Read more...

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