The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know?

Author(s): Arthur Lupia, Mathew D. McCubbins

The Democratic Dilemma


Most citizens seem underinformed about politics. Many experts claim that only well-informed citizens can make good political decisions. Is this claim correct? In The Democratic Dilemma, Professors Lupia and McCubbins combine insights from political science, economics and the cognitive sciences to explain how citizens gather and use information. They show when citizens who lack information can (and cannot) make the same decisions they would have made if better informed. As a result, they clarify the debate about citizen competence (Cambridge University Press).

Publication Information:

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Year of Publication: 1998