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Book Launch with Professor Austin Hart

Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory

Austin Hart's book cover

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM

Location: Abramson Family Founders Room

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Please join Prof. Austin Hart for a discussion and breakfast reception with Lara Brown, David Karol and Betsy Fischer Martin in celebration of his new book Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory. 

Austin Hart, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University; Author, Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory

Lara BrownInterim Director and Professor, The Graduate School of Political Management, The George Washington University

David KarolAssociate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland; Contributor, The Washington Post's "The Monkey Cage"

Moderated by:
Betsy Fischer Martin
Executive In Residence, School of Public Affairs, American University; Co-host, Bloomberg News "Masters in Politics"

The conventional wisdom of economic voting theory argues that a nation's economic performance drives electoral outcomes. Austin Hart challenges the simplicity of this notion using cognitive-psychological research to demonstrate that candidates can shape campaign narratives and, in doing so, either overcome or capitalize on prevailing economic conditions to win elections.

Austin Hart is Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods in the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC. His research examines the criteria voters use to evaluate their representatives and the extent to which politicians can use mass communication to manipulate those criteria. His work also appears in the Journal of Politics and Comparative Political Studies.