The Exoneration of the American Voter?

Paul Goren

in On Voter Competence

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396140
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979301 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

The Exoneration of the American Voter?

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Chapter 9 brings the book to a close. It begins with a restatement of the theoretical argument, reviews the lessons learned, and highlights the limitations of what has been done and what can be claimed. The bulk of the chapter examines the broader theoretical, practical, and normative ramifications the findings have for evaluating voter decision making, citizen competence, and American politics. The key substantive conclusion is that all citizens perform reasonably well on the criterion of policy voting. The chapter takes up the relationship between political sophistication and citizen competence broadly defined.

Keywords: conclusion; implications; voters; citizen competence

Chapter.  4867 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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