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Polling, Policy, and Public Opinion

The Case Against Heeding the "Voice of the People"

Authors: Weissberg, R.

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The opinion poll has become commonplace in politics and typically reveals public desires for greater government social welfare assistance, such as more aid for education or health care. These statistics seem to proclaim the welfare state's enduring popularity. Though sincere, these desires largely reflect how questions are asked. Unfortunately, polls usually lack basic economic restraints. There are no costs, risks or disasters in the world of polling. Market-based solutions are routinely excluded. This book works to reveal these shortcomings and clearly demonstrates why a government ruled by the vox populi would be folly.

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ROBERT WEISSBERG is Professor of Political Science at University of Illinois-Urbana. He is author of Democracy and the Academy (2000) and has written for Forbes, The Weekly Standard, and the major political science journals.

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'Excellent, stimulating this book will help Americans understand what they already suspect but cannot fully articulate.' - Benjamin Ginsberg, Johns Hopkins University

'Weisberg argues that the obsession that today's public officials display for polls is not a celebration of direct democracy...' - Washington Post


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Polling, Policy, and Public Opinion
Book Subtitle
The Case Against Heeding the "Voice of the People"
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10917-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230109179
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-29495-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 232
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