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The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why…
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The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies (urspr publ 2007; utgåvan 2007)

av Bryan Caplan (Författare)

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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 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… (mer)
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Titel:The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
Författare:Bryan Caplan (Författare)
Info:Princeton University Press (2007), 288 pages
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The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies av Bryan Caplan (2007)

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An excellent economics/politics/psychology book. Author presents a coherent model for why people can (rationally) vote stupidly — basically, because it makes them feel good. Also extensively analyzes why people in their role as the electorate can have objectively irrational beliefs without hurting themselves too much, and why policies end up less bad than the electorate would otherwise demand. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
This is without a doubt the best book I've read this year, if not ever.

Caplan delivers spectacularly on the title. Not only is it a rebuttal of the common view of economists that everyone always acts rationally, but it also strongly argues that humans are _particularly bad_ in the political arena. The book persuasively challenges many common criticisms of democracy: that most voters are stupid and only vote in self-interest, that bureaucratic inefficiencies are a bad thing, that politicians are mostly crooked, that low-voter turnout is a bad thing, and that democracies aren't very good at giving the people what they ask for.

MY GOOD IS THIS BOOK GOOD.

If you accept Caplan's premise, and evidently I do, the consequences he points out are staggering. "Get out and vote" campaigns are actively harmful to society. If you're running for office, you should in fact not keep your campaign promises. It's a delightfully different lens for looking at the world, and one which puts a lot more into perspective than I realized beforehand. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
Shows how were all doomed, democracies don't work.
There's lot of non intuitive nuggets, in this book that I didn't know before.
The only downside is that it reads like a research paper (lots of quoted material, in depth analysis of research performed on the subject). I would have preferred a book full of anecdotes. ( )
  scottkirkwood | Dec 4, 2018 |
whilst bryan caplan is in general a smug and irritating asshole, it's pretty difficult to disagree with the title. ( )
  lisaeves | Nov 1, 2015 |
To Dr. Feulner, A rational man in an irrational society. Best Wishes, Bryan Caplan
  efeulner | Mar 28, 2014 |
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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 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

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