Christopher Achen illuminates the realities of democratic politics with evidence that shatters the “folk theory” of democracy – the myth of government by the will of the people. The Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences and professor of politics at Princeton University, Achen is the co-author of Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (2016), as well as numerous groundbreaking scholarly articles.
In his lecture — "Why Do Elections Produce Unresponsive Government?” — renowned political scientist Christopher Achen dispels the notion that elections are driven by ordinary citizens’ rational policy positions, and offers a provocative alternative view grounded in political parties and identity groups.
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