From Tea Leaves to Opinion Polls

From Tea Leaves to Opinion Polls

by John Gray 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.

-A wonderful contribution

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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.

-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. -Walter J. Stone -University of Colorado

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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.
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:
9780231102803
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Series:
Power, Conflict, and Democracy Series
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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