Follow the leader? : how voters respond to politicians' policies and performance (Book, 2012) []
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Follow the leader? : how voters respond to politicians' policies and performance

Follow the leader? : how voters respond to politicians' policies and performance

Author: Gabriel S Lenz
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Series: Chicago studies in American politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Lenz looks at citizens' views of candidates both before and after periods of political upheaval, including campaigns, wars, natural disasters, and episodes of economic boom and bust. Noting important shifts in voters' knowledge and preferences as a result of these events, he finds that, while citizens do assess politicians based on their performance, their policy positions actually matter much less. Even when a  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Book
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriel S Lenz
ISBN: 9780226472133 0226472132 9780226472140 0226472140
OCLC Number: 774982516
Description: ix, 327 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Rum punch or issue voting? --
Rewarding performance? : priming the economy --
Rewarding policy advantages? : priming policy --
Changing views, changing votes? : performance versus policy --
Learning positions, changing votes? --
Avoiding political meltdowns : Chernobyl --
Fending off swamp rabbits : defense and Carter --
Following, not leading.
Series Title: Chicago studies in American politics.
Other Titles: How voters respond to politicians' policies and performance
Responsibility: Gabriel S. Lenz.
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In a democracy, we have come to assume that people know the policies they prefer and elect like-minded officials who are responsible for carrying them out. But does this actually happen? This book  Read more...


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"Gabriel S. Lenz addresses the central question of how voters make use of the information around them to form evaluations of elected officials. Examining the impact of processes like priming and Read more...

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