ISBN13:978-0521585934 ISBN10: 0521585937 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0521584487 ISBN10: 0521584485
Summary: Most citizens seem underinformed about politics. Many experts claim that only well-informed citizens can make good political decisions. Is this claim correct? In The Democratic Dilemma, Professors Lupia and McCubbins combine insights from political science, economics and the cognitive sciences to explain how citizens gather and use information. They show when citizens who lack information can (and cannot) make the same decisions they would have made if better informe
d. As a result, they clarify the debate about citizen competence.
Winner of National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research
Summary: Most citizens seem underinformed about politics. Many experts claim that only well-informed citizens can make good political decisions. Is this claim correct? In The Democratic Dilemma, Professors Lupia and McCubbins combine insights from political science, economics and the cognitive sciences to explain how citizens gather and use information. They show when citizens who lack information can (and cannot) make the same decisions they would have made if better informed. As a result, they clarify the debate about citizen competence.
Winner of National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research ...show less
Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Publisher:Cambridge University Press Year Published: 1998 International: No
"The Democratic Dilemma is an impressive treatment of one of the most important issues in democratic theory: the individual's inability to make fully informed decisions. This book shows that rational ignorance and the continuous pursuit of knowledge, are inseparable concepts, with far-reaching implications for the analysis of politics. It redefines the research agenda in democratic theory and information. This book is a must for all students of political institutions."
--Pablo T. Spiller, University of California, Berkeley
"This book is a must read for anyone interested in the design of democratic institutions."
--Roberta Romano, Yale Law School
"The Democratic Dilemma does for modern democracy what Aristotle's Rhetoric did for ancient Athens....This combination of classic and modern insight results in a powerful and compelling book."
--Mark Turner, University of Maryland
Cambridge University Press Web Site, April, 2000
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1. Knowledge and the Foundation of Democracy
PART I. THEORY
2. How People Learn 3. How People Learn From Others 4. What People Learn From Others 5. Delegation and Democracy
PART II. EXPERIMENTS
6. Theory, Predictions, and the Scientific Method 7. Laboratory Experiments on Information, Persuasion, and Choice 8. Laboratory Experiments on Delegation 9 A Survey on the Conditions for Persuasion
PART III. IMPLICATIONS FOR INSTITUTIONAL DESIGN
10. The Institutions of Knowledge
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