Title

The Forum: Second Thoughts On Presidential Politics

Document Type

Review Article

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Abstract

In this essay, we confront the "conventional wisdoms" promoted throughout this long presidential campaign. By conventional wisdoms, we mean the common knowledge of politics - the things that commentators and analysts forward as taken-for-granted assertions and beliefs. We will revisit just a few of the campaign season's conventional wisdoms and review them with a sociological eye. In so doing, we find that in politics, as in most other areas, conventional wisdom can be a risky source of knowledge.

DOI

10.1111/j.1573-7861.2008.00097.x

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