Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas by Cass R. Sunstein

By Cass R. Sunstein

The nation’s most-cited criminal pupil who for many years has been on the vanguard of utilized behavioral economics, and the bestselling writer of Nudge and less complicated, Cass Sunstein is without doubt one of the world’s such a lot cutting edge thinkers within the academy and the realm of functional politics. within the years prime as much as his affirmation because the administrator of the White condominium workplace of knowledge and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Sunstein released thousands of articles on every little thing from same-sex marriage to cost-benefit research. Conspiracy Theories and different risky principles is a set of his most famed, insightful, proper, and inflammatory items. inside of those pages you'll research:

• Why completely rational humans occasionally think loopy conspiracy theories
• What filthy rich international locations may still and shouldn't do approximately weather swap
• Why governments may still let same-sex marriage, and what the “right to marry” is all approximately
• Why animals have rights (and what that implies)
• Why we “misfear,” that means get scared after we might be unconcerned and are unconcerned once we should still get scared
• What sorts of losses make us depressing, and what sorts of losses are totally high quality
• how to define the stability among spiritual freedom and gender equality
• and masses extra . . .

Cass Sunstein is a distinct, arguable, and intriguing voice within the political international. a guy who cuts throughout the fog of left vs. correct arguments and provides logical, evidence-based, and infrequently spectacular strategies to today’s such a lot hard questions.


“Glenn Beck has defined Cass Sunstein as ‘the most threatening guy in America,’ however the eleven essays amassed in ‘Conspiracy Theories and different risky Ideas’ really demonstrate him to be a gorgeous average man. he's usually provocative yet by no means severe, and the foaming on the mouth he induces says extra approximately our polarized politics than it does approximately his ideas…Sunstein is an recommend for what works and a skeptic of grand ideologies that sound sturdy on paper yet then wreak havoc within the actual world…Throughout the eleven essays during this ebook, Sunstein is a clear-eyed advisor via a few of the thornier problems with our day.” (Boston Globe)

“Sunstein probably by no means runs out of ideas….He is a cautious philosopher and a transparent writer.” (Kirkus)

"Sunstein will infuriate partisans on each side together with his even-handedness and his simultaneous embody of energetic executive and feedback of its excesses. the result's a stimulating exposition of the virtues—and dynamism—of moderation." (Publishers Marketplace)

“A publication written to make you think that, no longer inform you what to think…. Neither the satan of Glenn Beck's nightmares nor the progressive of radical left, [Sunstein] makes use of his stories to navigate the chaos of public coverage within the sleek age." (

“Sunstein has performed greater than the other student to deliver cognitive insights to endure on uncomplicated questions of legislation and public coverage, and for that he merits our thanks…He is cautious, deliberative, and painstaking.” (The Atlantic)

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American politics scholars have also documented differences between men’s and women’s exposure to the news and the extent to which they discuss and debate politics. For example, Burns, Schlozman, and Verba (2001) report that men more frequently tune into public affairs programs on television, read newspapers regularly, and report reading stories about political events more than women do (1057). Similarly, discussion of politics with family and friends is less frequent for women than for men (Huckfeldt and Sprague 1995: Chapter 10; Burns, Schlozman, and Verba 2001), and this has been documented since the early 1970s (Hansen 1997; Burns, Schlozman, Verba 2001).

In comparative politics, only a few studies have addressed the relationship between women’s representation and political engagement. Drawing on surveys of European adolescents, Wolbrecht and Campbell (2007) find that differences in intentions to participate among boys and girls narrow in countries with more women in office. Women’s representation has a symbolic effect where female politicians serve as role models inspiring young women to become active in politics. Similarly, in Latin America the gender gap in political participation is narrower in countries that have more women among political elites (Desposato and Norrander 2009).

The next largest gaps are in Macedonia and India at 16 per cent. 7 per cent, and Great Britain falls just under the average in strong contrast to its much larger gender gap in political interest. The countries with the smallest gaps are Japan, the Netherlands, and Finland, where no statistically significant difference exists in the response rates of men and women to the question of how frequently they discuss politics. The extent to which citizens follow politics in the news is another indicator of just how engaged they are in politics.

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