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By Gabriel S. Lenz

In a democracy, we quite often suppose that citizens be aware of the rules they like and select like-minded officers who're accountable for wearing them out. We additionally imagine that electorate examine applicants' competence, honesty, and different performance-related features. yet does this really occur? Do citizens contemplate applicants’ coverage positions while finding out for whom to vote? and the way do politicians’ performances in place of work issue into the vote casting decision?


In Follow the Leader?, Gabriel S. Lenz sheds mild on those significant questions of democratic proposal. Lenz seems at electorate’ perspectives of applicants either earlier than and after classes of political upheaval, together with campaigns, wars, average failures, and episodes of financial growth and bust. Noting vital shifts in electorate’ wisdom and personal tastes due to those occasions, he reveals that, whereas electorate do verify politicians in line with their functionality, their coverage positions really count less. even if a coverage factor turns into hugely well-known, citizens infrequently shift their votes to the flesh presser whose place top is of the same opinion with their very own. actually, Lenz exhibits, the opposite frequently happens: voters first decide a political candidate after which undertake that politician’s coverage perspectives. In different phrases, they stick with the leader.


Based on information drawn from a number of international locations, Follow the Leader? is the main definitive remedy to this point of whilst and why coverage and function topic on the balloting sales space, and it'll holiday new flooring within the debates approximately democracy.

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