Manipulating Citizens: How Political Campaigns’ Use of Behavioral Social Science Harms Democracy

@article{Gorton2016ManipulatingCH,
  title={Manipulating Citizens: How Political Campaigns’ Use of Behavioral Social Science Harms Democracy},
  author={William Gorton},
  journal={New Political Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={38},
  pages={61 - 80}
}
Abstract Critical theorists in the mid-twentieth century argued that behavioral social science by its nature conceptualizes knowledge as the power to predict and control. As such, rather than serving as a source of enlightenment or emancipation, social science risked functioning as a tool for dominating and manipulating the public. The power of this criticism, however, was undermined by the behavioral revolution’s initial failure to produce theories that offered much prognostic power. Recent… Expand
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