The Psychology of Politics
Three short but fascinating readings about the psychology of politics and its twin sister advertising. Why do people vote the way they do? What actually makes certain policies and politicians more popular than others? The truth may be pretty ugly.
“Niche Envy: Marketing Discrimination in the Digital Age,” by Joseph Turow. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2006. (pages 32 and 33)
“Politics isn’t about Policy,” by Robin Hanson. Overcoming Bias (blog), September 21, 2008
“A vote for Newt is a vote for…” by W.W. Democracy in America (blog) at economist.com. January 24, 2012.
(House Reading Group, January 31, 2012)