From Tea Leaves to Opinion Polls: A Theory of Democratic Leadership

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The first in-depth analysis of the link between politicians' behavior and opinion polls. Exploring political action within a broad historical context, the book develops a theory to show how the behavior of politicians, and the unfolding of political change, have been irrevocably altered since the advent of opinion polling in the 1930s.

Columbia University Press

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Overview

The first in-depth analysis of the link between politicians' behavior and opinion polls. Exploring political action within a broad historical context, the book develops a theory to show how the behavior of politicians, and the unfolding of political change, have been irrevocably altered since the advent of opinion polling in the 1930s.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Walter J. Stone
A wonderful contribution to presidential and leadership studies. Geer masterfully synthesizes a 'soft' rational choice perspective with historical analysis to shed new light on the evolving nature of presidential leadership in the information age. The book displays a rare combination of analytical rigor and clarity in the writing to make it a joy to read.
Booknews
Drawing from educational works of Erasmus, Ascham, and others as well as homilies and self-improvement books, shows how English readers of the 16th century interpreted texts quite differently than we do now, and how they were trained to notice different aspects of a text and process them differently. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Politicians, Information, and Leadership: A Theory 16
Ch. 2 Information and Opinion Polls 48
Ch. 3 Marshalling a bit of Evidence 70
Ch. 4 The Changing Prospects for Leadership 95
Ch. 5 The Changing Characteristics of Democratic Politicians 121
Ch. 6 More Echoes, Fewer Choices: Political Change and Opinion Polls 142
Ch. 7 Leadership, Democracy, and Information: Final Thoughts 175
References 199
Index 219
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