The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
The book Politico calls “Moneyball for politics” shows how cutting-edge social science and analytics are reshaping the modern political campaign.
Renegade thinkers are crashing the gates of a venerable American institution, shoving aside its so-called wise men and replacing them with a radical new data-driven order. We've seen it in sports, and now in The Victory Lab, journalist Sasha Issenberg tells the hidden story of the analytical revolution upending the way political campaigns are run in the 21st century.
The Victory Lab follows the academics and maverick operatives rocking the war room and re-engineering a high-stakes industry previously run on little more than gut instinct and outdated assumptions. Armed with research from behavioural psychology and randomized experiments that treat voters as unwitting guinea pigs, the smartest campaigns now believe they know who you will vote for even before you do. Issenberg tracks these fascinating techniques—which include cutting edge persuasion experiments, innovative ways to mobilize voters, heavily researched electioneering methods—and shows how our most important figures, such as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, are putting them to use with surprising skill and alacrity.
Provocative, clear-eyed and energetically reported, The Victory Lab offers iconoclastic insights into political marketing, human decision-making, and the increasing power of analytics.
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Review: The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning CampaignsUser Review - Shai Sachs - Goodreads
A really excellent and engaging book on the history of data management in politics, which, as a bonus, features some fairly compelling characters. As someone who works in the cottage industry that is ... Read full review
Review: The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning CampaignsUser Review - Yulin Zhuang - Goodreads
An excellently written history of the efforts to put "science" into political science. I had heard a lot about the "data-driven" and "experimental" Obama campaign, and it was fascinating to see the ... Read full review
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