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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
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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 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
Cataloging source
DLC
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1971-
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Caplan, Bryan Douglas
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD87
LC item number
.C36 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Economic policy
  • Democracy
  • Political sociology
  • Representative government and representation
  • Rationalism
Label
The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies, Bryan Caplan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 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
  • Introduction. The
  • ch. 9. Conclusion.
  • In praise of the study of folly
  • 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
Control code
71581737
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 276 pages
Isbn
9780691129426
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006030855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)71581737
Label
The myth of the rational voter : why democracies choose bad policies, Bryan Caplan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 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
  • Introduction. The
  • ch. 9. Conclusion.
  • In praise of the study of folly
  • 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
Control code
71581737
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 276 pages
Isbn
9780691129426
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006030855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)71581737

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