skip to content
The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies

Author: Bryan Douglas Caplan
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
"Caplan argues that voters continually elect politicians who either share their biases or else pretend to, resulting in bad policies winning again and again by popular demand. Calling into question our most basic assumptions about American politics, Caplan contends that democracy fails precisely because it does what voters want. Through an analysis of American's voting behavior and opinions on a range of economic  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan Douglas Caplan
ISBN: 9780691138732 0691138737
OCLC Number: 231587393
Notes: "With a new preface by the author."
Originally published: 2007.
Description: xiv, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The paradox of democracy --
Beyond the miracle of aggregation --
Systematically biased beliefs about economics --
Evidence from the survey of Americans and economists on the economy --
Classical public choice and the failure of rational ignorance --
Rational irrationality --
From irrationality to policy --
Irrationality and the supply side of politics --
"Market fundamentalism" versus the religion of democracy --
Conclusion: In praise of the study of folly.
Responsibility: Bryan Caplan.

Abstract:

The greatest obstacle to sound economic policy is not entrenched special interests or rampant lobbying, but the popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases held by ordinary  Read more...

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

"The best political book this year."--Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times "Caplan thinks that democracy as it is now practiced cannot be salvaged, and his position is based on a simple observation: Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/231587393> # The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
    library:oclcnum "231587393" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nju> ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Place/princeton_n_j> ; # Princeton, N.J.
    library:placeOfPublication <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Place/woodstock> ; # Woodstock
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1090275> ; # Rationalism
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Place/usa> ; # USA.
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/wahl> ; # Wahl
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1094941> ; # Representative government and representation
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/regierung> ; # Regierung
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/politische_soziologie> ; # Politische Soziologie
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/demokratie> ; # Demokratie
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/wirtschaftspolitik> ; # Wirtschaftspolitik
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/902025> ; # Economic policy
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/soziologie> ; # Soziologie
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/wahlforschung> ; # Wahlforschung
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/320.6/e22/> ;
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/890077> ; # Democracy
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/wahlverhalten> ; # Wahlverhalten
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1069877> ; # Political sociology
    schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
    schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/38113785> ; # Bryan Douglas Caplan
    schema:datePublished "2008" ;
    schema:description ""Caplan argues that voters continually elect politicians who either share their biases or else pretend to, resulting in bad policies winning again and again by popular demand. Calling into question our most basic assumptions about American politics, Caplan contends that democracy fails precisely because it does what voters want. Through an analysis of American's voting behavior and opinions on a range of economic issues, he makes the case that noneconomists suffer from four prevailing biases: they underestimate the wisdom of the market mechanism, distrust foreigners, undervalue the benefits of conserving labor, and pessimistically believe the economy is going from bad to worse. Caplan lays out several ways to make democratic government work better.""@en ;
    schema:description "Introduction: The paradox of democracy -- Beyond the miracle of aggregation -- Systematically biased beliefs about economics -- Evidence from the survey of Americans and economists on the economy -- Classical public choice and the failure of rational ignorance -- Rational irrationality -- From irrationality to policy -- Irrationality and the supply side of politics -- "Market fundamentalism" versus the religion of democracy -- Conclusion: In praise of the study of folly."@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/796463683> ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:name "The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies"@en ;
    schema:productID "231587393" ;
    schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/231587393#PublicationEvent/princeton_n_j_woodstock_princeton_university_press_2008> ;
    schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Agent/princeton_university_press> ; # Princeton University Press
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780691138732> ;
    umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBA877795> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/231587393> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Agent/princeton_university_press> # Princeton University Press
    a bgn:Agent ;
    schema:name "Princeton University Press" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Place/princeton_n_j> # Princeton, N.J.
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "Princeton, N.J." ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/politische_soziologie> # Politische Soziologie
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Politische Soziologie"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796463683#Topic/wirtschaftspolitik> # Wirtschaftspolitik
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Wirtschaftspolitik"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1069877> # Political sociology
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Political sociology"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1090275> # Rationalism
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Rationalism"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1094941> # Representative government and representation
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Representative government and representation"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/890077> # Democracy
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Democracy"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/902025> # Economic policy
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Economic policy"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/38113785> # Bryan Douglas Caplan
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1971" ;
    schema:familyName "Caplan" ;
    schema:givenName "Bryan Douglas" ;
    schema:name "Bryan Douglas Caplan" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780691138732>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "0691138737" ;
    schema:isbn "9780691138732" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.