Good political decisions are hard to make. Just like a fastball is hard to hit. We can do it. But it takes work. And practice. This talk discusses why we make bad political decisions, assessing the role of individual psychological processes and social, political, and economic structures in our thinking and reasoning. Why are good political decisions important? And how can we make better political decisions by drawing on and amending the processes and structures that shape and direct our lives?
Dr. David Moscrop is a political theorist, a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa, and a columnist for the Washington Post. He also writes from time to time for Maclean's Magazine, the Globe and Mail, and other publications. He is a frequent commentator for television, radio, and print. His first book Too Dumb for Democracy? Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones is on bookshelves now.