Politicians Don't Pander by Lawrence R. Jacobs
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Politicians Don't Pander
By Lawrence R. Jacobs

Politicians Don't Pander

Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness 2nd

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Politicians Don't Pander by Lawrence R. Jacobs

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Public opinion polls are everywhere. Journalists report their results without hesitation, and political activists of all kinds spend millions of dollars on them, fuelling the widespread assumption that elected officials "pander" to public opinion -that they tailor their policy decisions to the results of polls. In this provocative and engagingly written book, the authors argue that the reality is quite the opposite. In fact, when not facing election, contemporary presidents and members of Congress routinely ignore the public's policy preferences and follow their own political philosophies, as well as those of their party's activists, their contributors and their interest group allies. Politicians devote substantial time, effort and money to tracking public opinion, not for the purposes of policymaking, but to change public opinion - to determine how to craft their public statements and actions to win support for the policies they and their supporters want. Taking two recent, dramtic episodes - President Clinton's failed health care reform campaign and Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America" - as examples, the authors show how both used public opinion research and the media to change the public's mind. Such orchestrated displays help explain the media's preoccupation with political conflict strategy and, the authors argue, have propelled levels of public distrust and fear of government to record highs. Revisiting the fundamental premises of representative democracy, this accessible book asks us to reexamine whether our government really responds to the broad public or to the narrower interests and values of certain groups. And with the 2000 campaign season heating up, "Politicians Don't Pander" could not be more timely.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226389837
ISBN-10: 0226389839
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 168mm x 24mm)
Pages: 436
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Lawrence R. Jacobs

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Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King's Fed Power is the first sustained examination of the Fed as a potent institution in its own right and an engine for producing concealed advantages for a privileged few.

Who Governs? by Lawrence R. Jacobs Who Governs?, Paperback (March 2015)

Combining existing research with novel data from US presidential archives, this book shows that presidents make policy by largely ignoring the views of most citizens in favor of affluent and well-connected political insiders. It is suitable for those interested in US politics, public opinion, democratic theory, and more.

Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media by Lawrence R. Jacobs Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media, Paperback (May 2013)

With engaging new contributions from the major figures in the fields of the media and public opinion The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media is a key point of reference for anyone working in American politics today.

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Author Biography - Lawrence R. Jacobs

Lawrence R. Jacobs is the director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. Robert Y. Shapiro is associate professor of political science at Columbia University.

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