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The Resource Who governs? : presidents, public opinion, and manipulation, James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs

Who governs? : presidents, public opinion, and manipulation, James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs

Label
Who governs? : presidents, public opinion, and manipulation
Title
Who governs?
Title remainder
presidents, public opinion, and manipulation
Statement of responsibility
James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
America's model of representational government rests on the premise that elected officials respond to the opinions of citizens. This is a myth, however, not a reality, according to James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs. In "Who Governs?," Druckman and Jacobs combine existing research with novel data from US presidential archives to show that presidents make policy by largely ignoring the views of most citizens in favor of affluent and well-connected political insiders. Presidents treat the public as pliable, priming it to focus on personality traits and often ignoring it on policies that fail to become salient. Melding big debates about democratic theory with existing research on American politics and innovative use of the archives of three modern presidents -Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan- Druckman and Jacobs deploy lively and insightful analysis to show that the conventional model of representative democracy bears little resemblance to the actual practice of American politics. The authors conclude by arguing that polyarchy and the promotion of accelerated citizen mobilization and elite competition can improve democratic responsiveness. An incisive study of American politics and the flaws of representative government, this book will be warmly welcomed by readers interested in US politics, public opinion, democratic theory, and the fecklessness of American leadership and decision-making. -- Publisher description
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ICU/DLC
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1971-
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Druckman, James N.
Dewey number
320.973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • charts
Index
index present
LC call number
JK516
LC item number
.D793 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Jacobs, Lawrence R.
Series statement
Chicago studies in American politics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Presidents
  • Democracy
  • Public opinion
  • United States
Label
Who governs? : presidents, public opinion, and manipulation, James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [155]-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The effects and limits of presidential efforts to move public opinion
  • Rethinking representation
  • Political representation and presidential manipulation
  • Presidential crafted talk and democratic theory
  • The political strategy of tracking the public
  • Presidential strategies to shape public opinion
  • How White House strategy drives the collection and use of its polling
  • Segmented representation
  • Elite strategies to prime issues and image
  • America's democratic dilemmas
Control code
ocn883646969
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 183 pages
Isbn
9780226234380
Lccn
2014026787
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, chart
System control number
(OCoLC)883646969
Label
Who governs? : presidents, public opinion, and manipulation, James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [155]-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The effects and limits of presidential efforts to move public opinion
  • Rethinking representation
  • Political representation and presidential manipulation
  • Presidential crafted talk and democratic theory
  • The political strategy of tracking the public
  • Presidential strategies to shape public opinion
  • How White House strategy drives the collection and use of its polling
  • Segmented representation
  • Elite strategies to prime issues and image
  • America's democratic dilemmas
Control code
ocn883646969
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 183 pages
Isbn
9780226234380
Lccn
2014026787
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, chart
System control number
(OCoLC)883646969

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