- The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- The State of Survey Research as a Research Tool in American Politics
- Optimizing Survey Questionnaire Design in Political Science: Insights from Psychology
- Laboratory Experiments in American Political Behavior
- Field Experiments and the Study of Political Behavior
- Formal Modeling, Strategic Behavior, and the Study of American Elections
- Why is American Turnout so Low, and Why Should We Care?
- American Voter Turnout in Historical Perspective
- Expanding the Possibilities: Reconceptualizing Political Participation as a Toolbox
- Voter Registration: Turnout, Representation, and Reform
- Early, Absentee, and Mail‐in Voting
- Digital Democracy: How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation
- Voting Technology
- The Study of Electoral Behavior
- The American Voter
- Politics, Expertise, and Interdependence within Electorates
- Constructing The Vote: Media Effects in a Constructionist Model
- Campaign Effects on Vote Choice
- Forecasting Us Presidential Elections
- Economics, Elections, and Voting Behavior
- Latinos and Political Behavior: Defining Community to Examine Critical Complexities
- Organizing American Politics, Organizing Gender
- Gauging the God Gap: Religion and Voting in US Presidential Elections
- Local and National Forces in Congressional Elections
- The Study of Local Elections in American Politics
- Studying State Judicial Races in a Transformed Electoral Environment
- Primary Elections
- Direct Democracy in the United States
- Voters in Context: The Politics of Citizen Behavior
- Getting up off the Canvass: Rethinking the Study of Mobilization
- Parties, Elections, and Democratic Politics
- Organized Interests: Evolution and Influence
- Money and American Elections
- American Electoral Practices in Comparative Perspective
- On Participation: Individuals, Dynamic Categories, and the Context of Power
- Studying American Elections*
- In Search of Representation Theory
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article reviews the role of politically expert citizens as primary movers within a democratic political process characterized by patterns of interdependence among citizens. It also argues that the problem is mitigated through the patterns of interdependence realized in the form of complex networks of political communication. The difference between knowledge and expertise is also considered. One of the enduring innovations of the political economy literature on citizenship is to take information costs seriously in the analysis of political communication and expertise. The various aggregate and dynamic implications of heterogeneous networks for democratic politics and political communication are quite profound. Civic capacity in the aggregate benefits from the diffusion of expert opinion within and throughout networks of political communication. Political communication is not an antiseptic exercise in civic education.
T. K. Ahn is Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Korea University.
Robert Huckfeldt is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. He has written several books and a series of articles on the roles of social contexts and social networks for diffusion, persuasion, and conflict in politics.
Alexander K. Mayer is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Davis.
John B. Ryan is Assistant Professor, Florida State University, Department of Political Science.
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