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Book Talk with WWS/Psychology Professor Danny Oppenheimer

Election season is in full swing, so it's a good time to learn more about how and why democracies turn out the way they do. Join for the book launch and discussion of 'Democracy Despite Itself' with Princeton professor and co-author Danny Oppenheimer!

Voters often make irrational decisions based on inaccurate and irrelevant information. Politicians are often inept, corrupt, or out of touch with the will of the people. Elections can be determined by the design of the ballot and the gerrymandered borders of a district. And yet, despite voters who choose candidates according to the boxer–brief dichotomy and politicians who struggle to put together a coherent sentence, democracy works exceptionally well: citizens of democracies are healthier, happier, and freer than citizens of other countries. In Democracy Despite Itself, Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards explore this seeming paradox: How can democracy lead to such successful outcomes when the defining characteristic of democracy, elections, is so flawed?

Danny Oppenheimer is one of Princeton's rising stars in the Psychology Department and WWS, and will be on hand to lead a rousing discussion about the consquences and benefits of democracy.
January 29, 7:00 pm
Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th Street, San Francisco 

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