Pandering (politics)

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Pandering is the act of expressing one's views in accordance with the likes of a group to which one is attempting to appeal. The term is most notably associated with politics. In pandering, the views one is expressing are merely for the purpose of drawing support up to and including votes and do not necessarily reflect one's personal values.

Pandering is essentially a reaction of panic in elected officials who must either tailor their views to public opinion or risk losing their existing or potential seat.[1]

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  1. ^ Politicians don't pander: political manipulation and the loss of democratic ...; By Lawrence R. Jacobs, Robert Y. Shapiro; page 3