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

Author: Bryan Douglas Caplan
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
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"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...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan Douglas Caplan
ISBN: 9780691129426 0691129428
OCLC Number: 71581737
Description: x, 276 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction : The paradox of democracy --
ch. 1. Beyond the miracle of aggregation --
ch. 2. Systematically biased beliefs about economics --
ch. 3. Evidence from the survey of Americans and economists on the economy --
ch. 4. Classical public choice and the failure of rational ignorance --
ch. 5. Rational irrationality --
ch. 6. From irrationality to policy --
ch. 7. Irrationality and the supply side of politics --
ch. 8. "Market fundamentalism" versus the religion of democracy --
Conclusion : In praise of the study of folly --
Notes --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Bryan Caplan.
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Takes a look at how people who vote under the influence of false beliefs ultimately end up with government that delivers lousy results.  Read more...

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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...

 
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