Sex, Lies and Politics: The Secret Influences That Drive our Political Choices

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Biteback Publishing, Sep 12, 2019 - Political Science - 368 pages

Elections aren’t just important – they are revealing. They tell us things about who we are and how we behave. Written by leading political experts, Sex, Lies and Politics reveals what really makes us tick.

At once funny, revealing and shocking, it covers everything you need to know about the voters and their quirks, foibles and sexual secrets, including when they lie (often to themselves), how they are swayed by tribal loyalties (even when judging cats and celebrities), and why you should keep quiet about your Brexit vote when moving house...

Combining brand-new essays with fully updated pieces from the acclaimed Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box and More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box, this witty and thought-provoking collection is a guaranteed conversation starter. If you want to discover which party’s voters have the wildest private lives, read on.

 

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Contents

the importance of issue ownership James Dennison
do attractive candidates do better? Caitlin Milazzo
party manifestos Nicholas Allen
Signed sealed delivered Testing politicians responsiveness to voters Rebecca McKee
Turnout for what? The mismeasurement of electoral participation Christopher Prosser
the irrelevance of campaigns Mark Pack
how politics colours everything we see Robert Ford
gender identities Nicola Wildash

exit polls John Curtice
the myth of target voters James Morris
how public opinion changes during referendum campaigns Alan Renwick
why voters emotions matter Markus Wagner
ballot order effects Galina Borisyuk
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Philip Cowley is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. His books include volumes on each of the last three elections. Robert Ford is Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester. His books include Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain and the forthcoming Brexitland.

Robert Ford is Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester. His books include Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain.

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