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Framing Democracy: A Behavioral Approach to Democratic Theory Hardcover – September 16, 2012

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"This is an interesting new area of research that has not previously received any sustained treatment in the literature on normative democratic theory. . . . The book is clearly and tightly written. Kelly's discussions of the philosophical relevance of empirical findings are especially thoughtful. His command of the empirical literature on framing effects is impressive."--Christian Schemmel, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Framing Democracy is well written and logically organized. Scholars and graduate students interested in the literature of democratic theory will find much to debate in this thoughtful monograph."--Jeffrey D. Hilmer, Political Studies Review

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"While it has long been recognized that framing plays a huge role in politics, it is only in recent years that normative democratic theorists have started incorporating this reality. This book will set the standard for this movement and become necessary reading not only for behavioral and philosophical scholars but for all political scientists."--James Druckman, Northwestern University

"Democratic theorists--and citizens of democracies in general--ignore this book at their own peril. The case for democracy depends upon its tendency to make good decisions. Yet, in this sober, rich, and authoritative study, Kelly shows us how one set of cognitive biases--framing effects--threatens to impede sound democratic decision making."--Jason Brennan, author of The Ethics of Voting

"Kelly's synthesis of empirical research on framing effects and normative political theory is impressive, providing the most persuasive integration of the two fields that I have seen. This is a strongly written, clear, and compelling book."--Paul Brewer, University of Delaware

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