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Degrees of Democracy

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  • 25 b/w illus. 19 tables
  • Page extent: 254 pages
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521868334)

Degrees of Democracy
Cambridge University Press
9780521868334 - Degrees of Democracy - Politics, Public Opinion, and Policy - By Stuart N. Soroka and Christopher Wlezien
Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
vii
1             Public Opinion and Policy in Representative Democracy
1
Policy Representation
4
Public Responsiveness
14
Synopsis and Prognosis
20
2             The Thermostatic Model
22
The Mechanics of Public Responsiveness
22
The Mechanics of Policy Representation
35
Public Preferences and the Polls
40
The Reasonableness of the Thermostatic Model
41
3             Adding Issues and Institutions
43
Adding Salience
43
Adding Institutions
45
System Efficiency
59
From Theory to Practice
60
4             Public Preferences and Spending – A Preliminary Analysis
63
Measuring Public Preferences
64
Measuring Spending Policy
78
The Measures Summarized
87
5             Parameters of Public Responsiveness
88
Modeling Public Responsiveness
89
A First Test: Defense and the Domestic Domains Taken Together
90
Public Responsiveness, by Domain
99
Parameters of Public Responsiveness
106
6             Public Responsiveness Explored
107
Budgetary Policy versus Actual Spending
108
The Timing of Responsiveness
111
Policy, Outcomes, and Public Responsiveness
115
Federal versus Consolidated Spending
119
“Global” versus “Specific” Responsiveness
121
The Focus of Public Responsiveness
123
7             Policy Representation
125
Modeling Policy Representation
126
A First Test: Policy Representation in Defense and the Social Domains
128
Policy Representation, by Domain
133
Representation in Budgetary Policy
135
Representation and Marginality: The Electoral Connection
137
Representation or Manipulation?
140
Responsiveness and Representation
142
8             Disaggregating Public Responsiveness and Policy Representation
145
On Equality
145
Group Differences in the Literature
148
Parallel Publics?
150
Groups and Public Responsiveness
157
Groups and Policy Representation
161
The Homogeneity of Opinion-Policy Dynamics
165
9             Degrees of Democracy
168
On Responsiveness and Representation
168
Institutions and Representative Democracy
173
The “Efficiency” of Political Systems
177
Final Thoughts
182
Appendix
183
Bibliography
219
Index
239



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