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Published: 5 august 2019 16:14

Egidijus Vareikis. Demos Ex Machina, or why political scientists don't win elections

Egidijus Vareikis
Luko Balandžio / 15min nuotr. / Egidijus Vareikis

Political scientists, sociologists, and public opinion researchers benefit twice from the same event, in the beginning with a wise prediction of what the outcomes will be, then later, even more intelligently, explaining why things didn’t turn out as they predicted.

The 2019 election season is over. The president has been sworn in, the Euro-enthusiasts flew to Brussels, and the municipal managers sit in the mayors' chairs. The Coalition has also formed. But there is still a lot of room for clarification as to why the outcomes are not what they should have been, and basically why real elections are each time different from what political science and public relations textbooks teach. Why there is no logic – why the conservative Christian Democratic Party fiercely fights for liberal (sic!) and not for Christian democracy, why socialists are the best protectors of rights or capital and monopolies, why liberals are protecting social care, etc.…Why?

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