Personality’s Role in Shaping Civic Aptitude



In the final chapter the author evaluates the results reported previously in relation to personality’s effect on the ability of individuals to understand and engage in politics in a manner consistent with the demands placed upon them as democratic citizens. In addition to summing up the empirical results, the author also discusses where our political system can go from here. Calls for more and better education will continue to have little effect on the average citizen’s overall political knowledge and interest because much of the cause of their apathy is outside of conscious thought. Personality is but one factor found in the hidden depths of the unconscious mind influencing political behavior. Thus, the author takes the baton from Achen and Bartels (Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016) and presents his ideas on how the electoral process should be altered in order to accommodate the way our individual minds really work.


Political Participation Emotional Stability Direct Democracy Welfare Recipient Political Knowledge 
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  1. 1.Political ScienceIndiana University–Purdue University IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA

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