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Who Leads Whom?: Presidents, Policy, and the Public (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion)
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The title of the book "Who leads whom?" made me interested in the book; it also summarizes nicely what the book is about. I very much like the blend of case studies, theory and statistical tests. The case studies show what to look for, the theory gives ways to look, and the statistical tests show if you looked right, guessed well, and made the right choices in putting the tests up. (See e.g. p 131). In the book chapters 1, 2, 4 and 6 starts with a story about a president, his intentions and his actions (Soon, I hope, I can write his or hers)
The question is if the president is a leader or a follower with respect to the "mass public" (the "public" would probably have done) and as a secondary hypothesis, if he is pandering more as elections approach. In choosing among narrative formulations and ways to express variables numerically, the author makes a series of impressive and convincing choices.
The answer to the secondary hypothesis is "yes", as it- probably should be. And it strengthens the case made to test the rest of the hypotheses.Read more ›