Posted by Larry Bartels
My essay on "The Irrational Electorate" from the new issue of the Wilson Quarterly is now online. It provides an opinionated review of scholarly research on voting behavior ranging from Alex Todorov on reactions to competent faces to Hill, Lo, Vavreck, and Zaller and Gerber, Gimpel, Green, and Shaw on the duration of advertising effects to Gabriel Lenz on rationalization. Most of the reaction so far -- from Henry Farrell , Matthew Yglesias, Brad Long, and Ross Douthat among others -- focuses on my description of voters' responses to the Great Depression, which draws on a paper Chris Achen and I presented at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting a few years ago. Apparently the Great Depression is a topic of particular interest these days.