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American politics in the age of ignorance : why lawmakers choose belief over research

Author: David A Schultz
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Series: Palgrave pivot.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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State and local governments are often trumpeted as laboratories of democracy, capable of significant policy innovation and expertise. Yet the reality is that states more often than not repeatedly reenact failed policies that past research shows do not work. American Politics in the Age of Ignorance contends that policy making is shrouded in many myths and that policy makers often ignore ample research and evidence  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David A Schultz
ISBN: 9781137308719 1137308710
OCLC Number: 824602861
Description: vi, 139 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: States as Laboratories of Futility --
The Truth about Taxes: They Don't Matter Much --
Sportsfare: Welfare for Professional Sports --
Welfare Queens, Calculative Criminals, And the Myth of Homo Economicus --
Sending Signals: Illegal Immigrants and Teenage Sex --
Democracy is the Worst Form of Government --
Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me.
Series Title: Palgrave pivot.
Responsibility: David Schultz.

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American Politics in the Age of Ignorance looks at ten policy myths and bad ideas that governments and public officials - most often conservatives - consistently repeat and re-enact. Acting on these  Read more...

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