Democracy for Realists

Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government

Recommended by Mark Manson, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #29 in Democracy, Ranked #91 in Political Science

"Democracy for Realists" assails the romantic folk-theory at the heart of contemporary thinking about democratic politics and government, and offers a provocative alternative view grounded in the actual human nature of democratic citizens.

Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels deploy a wealth of social-scientific evidence, including ingenious original analyses of topics ranging from abortion politics and budget deficits to the Great Depression and shark attacks, to show that the familiar ideal of thoughtful citizens steering the ship of state from the voting booth is fundamentally...

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Mark Manson Founder/MarkManson.netDemocracy for Realists is an eye-opening and sober look at the data on democracy and what makes it effective/ineffective. Hint: people are stupid. (Source)

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