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

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

by John G. Geer
     
 

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.

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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.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231102797
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/29/1996
Series:
Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 21st Century Series
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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.

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