Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lazy Sunday service

I've been working my way through The Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg about the evolution of electioneering and political science in the US over the past hundred years; the art and science of reaching and persuading voters and getting them to the polls.  What is interesting has been the disconnect between political science and political parties, their machinery and political consultants, with neither academics or practioners really fully understanding voters and voting, with few attempts to scientifically test the veracity of newspaper and tv ads, mail shots, phone calls, doorstepping, personal appearances, political rallies, and so on.  I suspect it's going to end with a discussion of Obama's data machine.  A good read so far. 

My posts this week:
Review of A Dark Place to Die by Ed Chatterton
Review of Cadaver Blues by J.E. Fishman
Landed the 'big one'
Review of Money Shot by Christa Faust
A front seat view across the valley

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