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By Gabriel S. Lenz

In a democracy, we in general suppose that electorate be aware of the rules they like and pick like-minded officers who're chargeable for wearing them out. We additionally think that citizens think of applicants' competence, honesty, and different performance-related characteristics. yet does this really take place? Do electorate think of applicants’ coverage positions whilst identifying for whom to vote? and the way do politicians’ performances in workplace issue into the vote casting decision?


In Follow the Leader?, Gabriel S. Lenz sheds mild on those imperative questions of democratic proposal. Lenz appears at voters’ perspectives of applicants either prior to and after sessions of political upheaval, together with campaigns, wars, traditional mess ups, and episodes of financial increase and bust. Noting very important shifts in citizens’ wisdom and personal tastes because of those occasions, he reveals that, whereas electorate do investigate politicians in keeping with their functionality, their coverage positions really matter less. even if a coverage factor turns into hugely well-known, electorate not often shift their votes to the baby-kisser whose place top consents with their very own. in reality, Lenz exhibits, the opposite frequently occurs: voters first choose a political candidate after which undertake that politician’s coverage perspectives. In different phrases, they persist with the leader.


Based on information drawn from a number of nations, Follow the Leader? is the main definitive remedy to this point of while and why coverage and function subject on the vote casting sales space, and it'll holiday new flooring within the debates approximately democracy.

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