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    Rationality Reconceived: The Mass Electorate and Democratic Theory.Tom Hoffman - 1998 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 12 (4):459-480.
    Abstract Early voting behavior research confronted liberal democratic theory with the average American citizen's meager ability to think politically. Since then, several lines of analysis have tried to vindicate the mass electorate. Most recently, some researchers have attempted to reconceptualize the political reasoning process by viewing it in the aggregate, while others describe individuals as effective?albeit inarticulate?employers of cognitive shortcuts. While mass publics may, in these ways, be described as ?rational,? they still fail to meet the basic requirements of democratic (...)
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    Rational Choice and Political Irrationality in the New Millennium.Tom Hoffman - 2015 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 27 (3-4):299-315.
    ABSTRACTIlya Somin's Democracy and Political Ignorance uses a by-now familiar rational-choice lens with which to explain and analyze Americans’ widespread political ignorance. Unlike some scholars who tout rational choice on purely predictive or heuristic grounds, Somin claims that it also offers a more accurate description of reality, in this case better explaining the findings of empirical public-opinion research. In this essay, I compare Somin's central concept of rational ignorance and the related concept of “rational irrationality” with the earlier explanatory approach (...)
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    Roundtable 5: Normative Implications.Jeffrey Friedman, Tom Hoffman, Russell Muirhead, Mark Pennington & Ilya Somin - 2008 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 20 (4):499-525.
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    Humanism and Antihumanism in Lasch and Sandel.Tom Hoffman - 1999 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 13 (1-2):97-114.
    Christopher Lasch's True and Only Heaven and Michael Sandel 's Democracy's Discontent are similarly motivated criticisms of consumer society. However, Lasch identifies the ideals animating American consumer society as stemming from a broader humanist impulse, the roots of which he explores and criticizes. This strategy allows Lasch to place his critique of consumerism alongside criticisms of a full range of humanist ideals. Sandel, who articulates a more narrowly focused criticism of consumer society, never links its underlying imperatives to a broader (...)
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    The Quiet Desperation of Robert Dahl's (Quiet) Radicalism.Tom Hoffman - 2000 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 15 (1-2):87-122.
    Abstract Robert Dahl's democratic theory has been remarkably consistent over the course of his long career. While Dahl has maintained a markedly un?romantic view of modern democracy, and can best be read as an immanent critic of its liberal variant, he has steadily clung to certain radical aspirations, even as their prospects have waned. Dahl's often?unnoticed radicalism lies in his desire to see democracy break out of the institutional bonds of the liberal state. Reviewing his career forces one to consider (...)
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