Introduction: Saddling the Drunken Mule

David C. Barker and Christopher Jan Carman

in Representing Red and Blue

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796564
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979714 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

Introduction: Saddling the Drunken Mule

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Should the leaders you elect simply do what you tell them, even if it means compromising some of their deeply held beliefs? Or should they doggedly stand on principle, even if it means neglecting some of your demands for change? This chapter introduces our argument, namely that individuals have (latent) preferences for how they think political representation should work and that these preferences have very real consequences for the way representation does, in fact, work. After defining the basic concept of representation, and specifically the classic trustee/delegate model, this chapter specifies the hypotheses that will be addressed in subsequent chapters.

Keywords: political representation; trustee/delegate model; preferences; culture war; Red and Blue America

Chapter.  6340 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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