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Political Irrationality

Guillermo C. Jimenez "Author: Red Genes Blue Genes; Guide to Fashion Law; Guide to Export-Import Basics"
The list author says: "It is now clear that the study of human irrationality has a pertinent application in the field of politics, where humans seem subject to a syndrome of "political irrationality." Here is a brief list of books that help explain why everybody seems so crazy in politics, and why our political discourse is so often filled with sound and fury."
Red Genes, Blue Genes: Exposing Political Irrationality
Red Genes, Blue Genes: Exposing Political Irrationality
"The first book-length treatment of political irrationality.  Explains why politics often seems crazy: analyzes the biological and cultural underpinnings of irrational partisanship."
Nudge
Nudge
"Libertarian paternalism to the rescue of citizens who are prisoners of their own irrationality..."
The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
"Caplan's description of "rational irrationality," along with the data he provides on citizen economic ignorance, provide evidence that citizen irrationality is costly."
The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
"Westen's fMRI research appears to provide confirmation of the existence of a powerful confirmation bias at play in political judgment."
The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain
The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain
"Lakoff has been one of the key contributors to a contemporary understanding of political cognition.  He has contributed the concept that most political cognition is emotionally linked to affiliation with an in-group, and that society can be divided into the "nurturant mommies" and "tough daddies.""
Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases
Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases
"A key set of papers on the heuristics and biases school of cognitive science, a central framework in modern irrationality studies...edited by the great Kahneman."
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
"The best popular overview of everyday irrationality..."
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
"The irrationality of our social system and its luck-based reward structures is pungently analyzed by Gladwell..."
Stealth Democracy: Americans' Beliefs About How Government Should Work (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology)
Stealth Democracy: Americans' Beliefs About How Government Should Work (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology)
"An essential book, as it punctures the myth that the average citizen is desirous of more participation in government..."
Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (Walras-Pareto Lectures)
Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (Walras-Pareto Lectures)
"The historical data upon which McCarty's argument is based, Congressional voting records, suggest that partisanship increases in times of economic stress."
Culture War? The Myth of  a Polarized America (Great Questions in Politics Series) (2nd Edition)
Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (Great Questions in Politics Series) (2nd Edition)
"Fiorina and co-authors provide a convincing case that the so-called Culture War between red-states and blue-states is somewhat of a figment of the journalistic imagination.  Americans are actually in agreement on most political issues."
The Opinion Makers: An Insider Exposes the Truth Behind the Polls
The Opinion Makers: An Insider Exposes the Truth Behind the Polls
"A former polling professional exposes the dark secret at the heart of modern political polling -- voters are prodded into giving responses which they do not truly understand and support. The pollsters are afraid to admit how little the voters really know or care about politics."
Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom
Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom
"Rubin applies evolutionary psychology to politics in a way which provides sensible and convincing explanations for the many of the most common manifestations of political irrationality."
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto)
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto)
"Nassim Taleb was a prophet of uncertainty in an era of certainties, and was proven correct..."
Citizens and Politics: Perspectives from Political Psychology (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology)
Citizens and Politics: Perspectives from Political Psychology (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology)
"An excellent and highly-readable assortment of academic papers dealing with the psychology of political participation."
How We Decide
How We Decide
"A breezy introduction to the neuroscience of decision-making, with great material on how thinking too much can lead to bad decisions..."
On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
"A brief introduction to one of the key elements of irrationality -- over-confidence and self-justification..."
Irrationality
Irrationality
"A highly-readable overview, a bit dated, but this is the book that got me interested in irrationality..."
An Economic Theory of Democracy
An Economic Theory of Democracy
"The book by an economist that introduced the key concepts of the "voters paradox" and "rational ignorance," which political scientists are still struggling with today."
Political Fictions
Political Fictions
"Didion's ferociously-honest look at the Dukakis-Bush campaign reveals the tawdry and calculating hucksterism that characterizes our modern presidential elections."
The Assault on Reason
The Assault on Reason
"Al Gore does a good job of describing the extreme pressure of the modern society on the psyche of the solitary citizen who is trying to maintain a semblance of rationality."
Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind
Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind
"Geert Hofstede provides us with a cultural X-ray of the differences and similarities between over 70 countries.  His findings suggest that countries fall along a left-to-right spectrum in much the same way that American states fall from red to blue.  Hofstede's "cultural dimensions" allow us to  more productively analyze cultural conflict."
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
"Greg Palast has done Americans an inestimable service by providing behind the scenes looks at the endemic corruption that plagues our political system."
Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library Classics)
Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library Classics)
"Political irrationality is closely correlated with what is referred to sometimes as the "herd mentality," which was anathema to Nietzsche."
Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: Third Edition
Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: Third Edition
"Schumpeter explained modern so-called "democracy" better than anyone else to date: as the routine rotation of power between slightly-different kinds of elite, accompanied but not directed by an electoral process replete with political nonsense.  The people really have no political will, but they are soothed by the democratic myth that their will is somehow divined."
Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
"Frans de Waal's observations of chimpanzee and bonobo politics provide a revealing commentary on modern human power structures and conflicts."
Politics Lost: From RFK to W: How Politicians Have Become Less Courageous and More Interested in Keeping Power than in Doing What's Right for America
Politics Lost: From RFK to W: How Politicians Have Become Less Courageous and More Interested in Keeping Power than in Doing What's Right for America
"Joe Klein's pop jeremiad provides one more perspective on modern political irrationality -- the disconnect between campaign rhetoric and the nation's true policy priorities."