Reconceiving Decision-Making in Democratic Politics: Attention, Choice, and Public Policy

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University of Chicago Press, 1994 - 277 стор.
Most models of political decision-making maintain that individual preferences remain relatively constant. Why, then, are there often sudden abrupt changes in public opinion on political issues? Or total reversals by politicians on specific issues? Bryan D. Jones answers these questions by innovatively connecting insights from cognitive science and rational choice theory to political life.

Individuals and political systems alike, Jones argues, tend to be attentive to only one issue at a time. Using numerous examples from elections, public opinion polls, congressional deliberations, and of bureaucratic decision-making, he shows how shifting attentiveness can and does alter choices and political outcomes—even when underlying preferences remain relatively fixed. An individual, for example, may initially decide to vote for a candidate because of her stand on spending but change his vote when he learns of her position on abortion, never really balancing the two options.

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The Paradox of Temporal Political Choice
5
underlying dimensions of evaluation
46
focuses on one dimension of evaluation
87
States
108
The Paradox of Issue Evolution
131
Political Choice and Democratic Governance
224
Spatial Choice Theory and Attentional
241
Assessing attentional dynamics
244
Bibliography
247
Index
271
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Bryan D. Jones is the Charles Puryear Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University.

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