Do congressional staff know what constituents want? Probably not.
Hi Sheril, as a policy guy I tend to agree with the comments. This article is a “so what”! If the majority want to eliminate speed limits to the detriment of society we should do it? No where in the two articles you use does it say it produces bad policy. Being “privileged” doesn’t make you stupid or bad. For future articles can you please provide direct contact info for the authors, not all of us have academic access to the sources and I know the authors will provide the articles directly for free.
Is there research on politicians expressesing that they know they dont represent, but doing it anyway bc its right?
Indeed, we have "come to expect that the people working in Congress will represent us..." but what about the Burkean adage that our representatives owes us their judgment, not subservience to the popular will? If, after all, politicians and their staff simply represent their constituents' (often ill-informed) demands, we might as well as government by Survey Monkey, no?