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Runner up for the Remark of Last Week

Posted by Eliot Weinstein on January 23, 2008

This, by the way, is why things like personality and leadership style are relevant to voting decisions (and are tough to capture in surveys). A candidate’s policy positions are not the only thing that matter. The way in which the candidate will try to implement these policies matters too. I wouldn’t vote for a candidate who shared my precise policy positions but decided to implement them by constitutionally questionable methods, for example. Process matters just as much as substance.

Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at the Tufts Fletcher School (formerly an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Department of Political Science) and high-profile academic blogger. He is discussing the Electoral Compass, a below-average-quality online political quiz that purports to tell you which candidate’s positions are closest to your own.

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