9780521585248-0521585244-Democracy and Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference

Democracy and Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference

ISBN-13: 9780521585248
ISBN-10: 0521585244
Author: Brennan, Geoffrey
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 252 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780521585248
ISBN-10: 0521585244
Author: Brennan, Geoffrey
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 252 pages

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Acknowledged authors Brennan, Geoffrey wrote Democracy and Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference comprising 252 pages back in 2008. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0521585244 and 9780521585248. Since then Democracy and Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Do voters in large scale democracies reliably vote for the electoral outcomes most in their own interest? Much of the literature on voting predicts that they do, but this book argues that fully rational voters will not, in fact, consistently vote for the political outcomes they prefer. The authors critique the dominant interest-based theory of voting and offer a competing theory, which they term an "expressive" theory of electoral politics. This theory is shown to be more coherent and more consistent with actually observed voting behavior. In particular, the theory does a better job of explaining the propensity of democratic regimes to make war, the predominance of moral questions on democratic regimes to make war, the predominance of moral questions on democratic political agendas, and the distribution of government resources in democratic systems. This important book offers a compelling challenge to the central premises of the prevailing theories of voting behavior and should serve as the basis for fundamental reevaluation in the field.

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