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."
"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.""
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."