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The Myth of the Rational Voter : Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies (Paperback)

Author: Caplan, Bryan

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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 Americans 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 *Author: Caplan, Bryan *Subtitle: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies *Publication Date: 2008/08/04 *Number of Pages: 276 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.25

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Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780691138732
SKU 208086669
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0691138737
Release Date 9/1/2008
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