ce lia pari s The argument of this book is simple: there is a near-universally accepted folk theory of what democracy is, and this theory is almost entirely wrong. The folk theory is: "Ordinary people have preferences about what their government should do. They choose leaders who will do those things, or they enact their preferences directly in referendums. In either case, what the majority wants becomes government policy" (1). Achen and Bartels convincingly argue here that every piece of this theory flies in the face of empirical evidence, and that the theory itself may have pernicious consequences. Drawing on research on the power of social identities and group attachments in politics, they then seek to offer a theory of democracy with firmer empirical footing; hence the title Democracy for Realists. This book is magisterial. Given the strong reputations of both Achen and Bartels as political scientists, and the sweeping nature of the claims made here, I suspect many scholars concerned about democracy will already be eager to read it. To any who may be less inclined to pick up a copy, let me offer some encouragement. First, some may assume there is nothing here but old news,
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: May 16, 2016
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera