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There is no unified theory that can explain both voter choice and where choices come from. Hinich and Munger fill that gap with their model of political communication based on ideology. Rather than beginning with voters and diffuse, atomistic preferences, Hinich and Munger explore why large groups of voters share preference profiles, why they consider themselves "liberals" or "conservatives." The reasons, they argue, lie in the twin problems of communication and commitment that politicians face. Voters, overloaded with information, ignore specific platform positions. Parties and candidates therefore communicate through simple statements of goals, analogies, and by invoking political symbols. But politicians must also commit to pursuing the actions implied by these analogies and symbols. Commitment requires that ideologies be used consistently, particularly when it is not in the party's short-run interest. The model Hinich and Munger develop accounts for the choices of voters, the goals of politicians, and the interests of contributors. It is an important addition to political science and essential reading for all in that discipline. "Hinich and Munger's study of ideology and the theory of political choice is a pioneering effort to integrate ideology into formal political theory. It is a major step in directing attention toward the way in which ideology influences the nature of political choices." --Douglass C. North ". . . represents a significant contribution to the literature on elections, voting behavior, and social choice." --Policy Currents Melvin Hinich is Professor of Government, University of Texas. Michael C. Munger is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Ideology and Politics
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Representing Choice by Consumers and Citizens
  2. pp. 23-38
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  1. 3. The (Amended) Classical Spatial Theory of Elections
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. 4. Ideology, Candidate Strategy, and the Theory of Elections
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. 5. Parties and Ideology
  2. pp. 81-94
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  1. 6. Theory and Evidence on Spatial Models of Ideology
  2. pp. 95-130
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  1. 7. Empirical Models Based on the Theory of Ideology
  2. pp. 131-164
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  1. 8. Representing Public Choices by Citizens
  2. pp. 165-176
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  1. 9. The Role of Groups
  2. pp. 177-194
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  1. 10. The Integrated Model of Politicians, Voters, and Interest Groups
  2. pp. 195-220
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  1. 11. The Implications of Ideology for Political Choice
  2. pp. 221-238
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  1. References
  2. pp. 239-254
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 259-267
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472027392
Related ISBN
9780472084135
MARC Record
OCLC
669510062
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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