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The rational public : fifty years of trends in Americans' policy preferences / Benjamin I. Page and Robert Y. Shapiro.

By: Page, Benjamin I.
Contributor(s): Shapiro, Robert Y, 1953-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American politics and political economy: Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1992Description: xvi, 489 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0226644774 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780226644776 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226644782 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780226644783 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Public opinion -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Politics Attitudes Surveys | United StatesDDC classification: 303.3/8/0973 LOC classification: HN90.P8 | P34 1992Other classification: 05.32 | 3,6
Contents:
Rational public opinion -- The myth of capricious change -- Opinions about social issues -- Economic welfare -- Foreign policy: World War II and the Cold War / coauthored by John M. Gillroy -- Vietnam, Detente, and the New Cold War / coauthored by John M. Gillroy -- Parallel publics -- The causes of collective opinion change -- Education and manipulation of public opinion -- Democracy, information, and the rational public.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 441-466) and index.

Rational public opinion -- The myth of capricious change -- Opinions about social issues -- Economic welfare -- Foreign policy: World War II and the Cold War / coauthored by John M. Gillroy -- Vietnam, Detente, and the New Cold War / coauthored by John M. Gillroy -- Parallel publics -- The causes of collective opinion change -- Education and manipulation of public opinion -- Democracy, information, and the rational public.

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This comprehensive history of American public opinion trends by Page (Northwestern University) and Shapiro (Columbia University) is based mostly on policy preference questions repeated in identical form, drawn from all available surveys 1935-90 and placed in the context of national and international events. While recognizing the deficiencies of individual citizens, the authors argue that a decentralized system of deliberation enables citizens to learn enough that in the aggregate they usually make ^D["rational^D]" decisions. Collective public opinion is stable, coherently reflective of underlying values, able to make distinctions, and based on and responsive to the best available information. When opinion changes, all groups tend to move in the same direction, in response to events and their ^D["interpretations by experts, commentators, and public officials, as reported in the mass media.^D]" Officials and others may sometimes mislead the public, but often manipulation fails and often opinion affects policy. ^D["The public, as a collectivity, has the capacity to govern. Any major defects of American democracy are more likely to be found at the elite level.^D]" An important work essential for every library.

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Benjamin I. Page , the Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University, is the author of several books, including Who Gets What From Government . Robert Y. Shapiro is associate professor of political science at Columbia University.

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