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The Democratic Dilemma : Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? - Arthur Lupia

The Democratic Dilemma

Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know?

Hardcover Published: 13th March 1998
ISBN: 9780521584487
Number Of Pages: 300

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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.

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"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 "Drawing on rational choice theory, cognitive science, experimental methods, and just plain old fashioned common sense, they develop a tight and compelling argument about information, persuasion, institutions, and democratic performance." Kenneth A. Shepsle, Harvard University "Lupia and McCubbins have created a powerful, methodoologically sophisticated tool...Graduate collections." Choice

Knowledge and the foundation of democracy
How people learn
How people learn from others
What people learn from others
Delegation and democracy
Theory, predictions, and the scientific method
Laboratory experiments on information, persuasion, and choice
Laboratory experiments on delegation
A survey on the conditions for persuasion
Implications for Institutional Design
The institutions of knowledge
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ISBN: 9780521584487
ISBN-10: 0521584485
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 13th March 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.61