Amanda Bittner

in Platform or Personality?

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595365
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725593 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics


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This chapter introduces the book, and begins by assessing the implications of voters' evaluations of party leaders for our understanding of representation and democracy. The chapter provides an overview of the main conclusions of the book, including the role of leader evaluation in campaigns, and introduces the possibility that assessment of traits and personality may act as an information shortcut for less informed voters (those with lower levels of political sophistication). The argument that leaders matter — and that they should matter — is introduced.

Keywords: representation; leaders; campaigns; political sophistication; shortcut; leader evaluation; traits; personality

Chapter.  4201 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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