The Resource The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies, Bryan Caplan

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

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The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies
Title
The myth of the rational voter
Title remainder
why democracies choose bad policies
Statement of responsibility
Bryan Caplan
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 voters. This is economist Bryan Caplan's sobering assessment in this book. 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 convincing 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 the democratic government work better - for example, urging economic educators to focus on correcting popular misconceptions and recommending that democracies do less and let markets take up the slack." "The Myth of the Rational Voter takes a look at how people who vote under the influence of false beliefs ultimately end up with government that delivers lousy results."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
Dewey number
320.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD87
LC item number
.C36 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies, Bryan Caplan
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-266) and index
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Contents
Acknowledgments -- 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 -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
000040933956
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 276 p.
Isbn
9780691129426
Lccn
2006030855
Other physical details
ill.
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  • js23416282
  • (OCoLC)71581737

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