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Framing DemocracyA Behavioral Approach to Democratic Theory$
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Jamie Terence Kelly

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155197

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155197.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Framing Democracy
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Jamie Terence Kelly

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155197.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to argue that, just as in economics and law, normative democratic theory must begin to pay attention to the picture of human choice described by empirical psychology. Thus, it develops a behavioral approach to normative democratic theory. The book focuses on judgment-based theories—those that construe votes as judgments about the common good (or collective interest), rather than as individual preferences over electoral outcomes. It also focuses on framing effects, which occur when different but equivalent formulations of a problem result in substantively different decisions being made. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   normative democratic theory, human choice, empirical psychology, framing effects, judgment-based theories

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