The British survey research firm Ipsos MORI has published an interesting issue of its journal Understanding Society, focused on “The Perils of Perception” (available for free). The articles consider the dangers of inaccurate public perceptions of political, scientific, and other issues.

My own contribution to the issue focuses on the dangers of widespread political ignorance. It explains why political ignorance is a serious problem in many countries around the world, and why the problem is so persistent and so difficult to overcome. My analysis builds on the more US-focused discussion of political ignorance in my book Democracy and Political Ignorance.

I printed out the references page of the Ipsos MORI article for later reading, but I have not yet read Ilya Somin's book, though I now may.