Recommended Reading from Political Pros

recommended reading from political pros

A recommended reading list from TCW interviewees

We always try to ask the political pros we interview in our “7 questions” blog series what they’re reading. As a result, we’ve gotten some great recommended reading ideas from these folks. Some of these reads help shed light on the state of the American electorate; others will give you the break you deserve from the state of our politics. Behold, our latest recommended reading list, brought to you by experts in Democratic polling, messaging, political science, decision-making, fundraising, and beyond. Happy reading!

read more »

7 Questions with Social and Behavior Change Expert, Meg Ahern

7 Questions with Meg Ahern

7 Questions on Harnessing the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Meg Ahern is a social and behavior change expert working in international development, and author of the new guide, The Science of Influence: Harnessing Neuroscience and the Social Sciences
for Effective Democratic Campaigns. 
She focused her dissertation at Michigan on the role of emotion and social context in perception, cognition and memory, and did her postdoc in the sociology of knowledge at The University of Chicago. Since 2014, Meg has been working in international development in DC, where she's focused primarily on gender equality, social inclusion, and organizational development for USAID, UNICEF, and the Global Partnership for Education at the World Bank. 

read more »

Psychology Books Every Political Consultant Should Read

political pyschology

Psychology books every political consultant should read

It’s tough for any political consultant to stop ruminating on the questions that have plagued progressives since the 2016 election. How could anyone have voted for Trump? Why did people care so much about Hillary Clinton’s emails? How can Republicans in Congress be so spineless? Why would anyone believe a fake news story? Political consultants can find solace in knowing that psychology has explanations for these phenomena. As we dive into campaign plans to persuade voters in November, here are some big takeaways from the psychology books every political consultant should read.

read more »

7 Questions with Poker Legend Annie Duke on Decision-Making

Poker Legend, Annie Duke on Decision-Making

Annie Duke shares her insight on making smarter decisions in life and in politics

Annie Duke is a decision-making expert and a former professional poker player. She won her first World Series of Poker, as well as the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, in 2004. In 2010, she went on to win the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Annie Duke founded a nonprofit called How I Decide in 2014 that helps young people develop stronger decision-making skills. Prior to her professional poker playing career, Annie Duke was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship and studied cognitive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently authored Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions. We talked with Annie Duke about how we make decisions, and how we can make better ones in life and in politics.

 
read more »