Politics Is for Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change

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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Eitan Hersh received a PhD from Harvard University in 2011. He served for six years on the faculty of Yale University as assistant professor of political science and resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies before becoming a tenured associate professor of political science at Tufts University. His peer-reviewed articles have been published in the major political science journals. Hersh is the author of Hacking the Electorate and Politics Is for Power.


"In our age of democratic turmoil, citizens often ask: What can I do? Where can I have an impact? Frustratingly, analysts usually have few answers to these important questions. Eitan Hersh does. His careful analysis and moving stories show us where and how citizens have made a difference and why so many don't. Along the way, he will leave you inspired, and even hopeful, about America's democratic future." --Daniel Ziblatt, professor of government, Harvard University, and coauthor of How Democracies Die

"Politics is not a spectator sport nor a game, in spite of how Twitter can sometimes make it feel. With rigorous research and compelling stories, Hersh lays out exactly how your political participation might not be building the power you wish you had--and what to do to fix it. (Hint: Get involved locally. Consider a run for something!)" --Amanda Litman, cofounder and executive director of Run for Something

"At a moment when most people are wringing their hands over the decline of democracy, Politics Is for Power offers a fresh, evidence-based look at both the problem and the solutions. Instead of looking to the outside for saviors, the book turns the mirror on all of us to show what we might be doing to destroy democracy and what we can be doing instead to renew it. It's a vital read for anyone who feels like there must be something more we can do." --Hahrie Han, inaugural director of the SNF Agora Institute and professor of political science, Johns Hopkins University

"[Hersh] offers specific guidance on how readers can stop being hobbyists and start participating in the political process by performing community service or becoming an elected delegate...this richly detailed account effectively highlights an issue affecting contemporary political discourse." --Publishers Weekly

"Reform-minded readers who want to do more than cast a vote will find essential information in Politics Is for Power...Hersh brings unique expertise to this important book...a fascinating mix of history, statistics, social science, storytelling and personal insight. Making the shift from political bystander to change-maker is easier than you think, and Hersh's book can help you do it." --BookPage