In a radio interview on KSFR's Santa Fe Radio Cafe, former SFI Omidyar Fellow Nathan Collins asks whether democratic societies can make good decisions.
The path to selecting the best candidate is rife with obstacles, and lobbyists and campaign finance are only part of the picture. Collins draws on science to disassemble the process, from what Americans really know about politics, to the real effects of campaign financing and advertising on outcomes, to the challenge of group decision making -- ultimately asking whether it really matters who the next President is.
Listen to the interview (August 27, 2012)
Collins is a political scientist, a former SFI Omidyar Fellow, a research scientist at the Ronin Institute, and an occasional science blogger.
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