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… 
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