The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? / Edition 1

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In The Democratic Dilemma, Professors Arthur Lupia and Mathew McCubbins explain how citizens make decisions about complex issues. Combining insights from economics, political science, and the cognitive sciences, they develop theories and experiments about learning and choice. They use these tools to identify the requirements for reasoned choice - the choice that a citizen would make if he or she possessed a certain (perhaps greater) level of knowledge. The results clarify debates about voter, juror, and legislator competence and also reveal how the design of political institutions affects citizens' abilities to govern themselves effectively.
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"The Democratic Dilemma is an impressive treatment of one of the most important issues in democratic theory: the individual's inability to make fully informed decisions. This book shows that rational ignorance and the continuous pursuit of knowledge, are inseparable concepts, with far-reaching implications for the analysis of politics. It redefines the research agenda in democratic theory and information. This book is a must for all students of political institutions." Pablo T. Spiller, University of California, Berkeley

"This book is a must read for anyone interested in the design of democratic institutions." Roberta Romano, Yale Law School

"The Democratic Dilemma does for modern democracy what Aristotle's Rhetoric did for ancient Athens....This combination of classic and modern insight results in a powerful and compelling book." Mark Turner, University of Maryland

"Drawing on rational choice theory, cognitive science, experimental methods, and just plain old fashioned common sense, they develop a tight and compelling argument about information, persuasion, institutions, and democratic performance." Kenneth A. Shepsle, Harvard University

"Lupia and McCubbins have created a powerful, methodoologically sophisticated tool....Graduate collections." Choice

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Series Editors' Preface
1 Knowledge and the Foundation of Democracy 1
2 How People Learn 17
3 How People Learn from Others 39
4 What People Learn from Others 68
5 Delegation and Democracy 79
6 Theory, Predictions, and the Scientific Method 97
7 Laboratory Experiments on Information, Persuasion, and Choice 101
8 Laboratory Experiments on Delegation 149
9 A Survey Experiment on the Conditions for Persuasion 184
10 The Institutions of Knowledge 205
Afterword 229
Appendix to Chapter 2 233
Appendix to Chapter 3 240
Appendix to Chapter 5 257
References 261
Author Index 277
Subject Index 281
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