The Government-Citizen Disconnect, Suzanne Mettler

Author
Christopher Wlezien
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
134
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
Fall 2019
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Much research posits a “disconnect” between the public and government. This work focuses primarily on the behavior of politicians and the mismatch between their policy actions and citizens’ preferences. Suzanne Mettler’s book concentrates instead on the public and the degree to which people accurately perceive and appreciate what government does. This book complements her earlier work Submerged State, which delineated how many government policies, such as tax expenditures, are not visible to many citizens, which distorts their views. The Government-Citizen Disconnect, by contrast, examines how experience with government policies influences what people think.
Topic
Government, Citizenship, Book Review, Political Science
Political Geography
North America, United States of America