The best books to understand why voters often behave irrationally
This blog post was written by Rick Shenkman, the founder of George Washington University’s History News Network, and the author of Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics (Basic Books).
Why do voters often seem disengaged, irrational, and unsympathetic?
I was asked by Shepherd.com to compile a list of 5 books that help readers with answers.
Click here to see my reasons for selecting these five. (Of course, it's incomplete.)
Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government
By Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
By Jonathan Haidt
Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
By Timothy D. Wilson
Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes
By Franz DeWaal
Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain
By Michael S. Gazzaniga
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