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Politikberatung der Öffentlichkeit?

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  • Hans Pitlik

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Due to the incentives of both suppliers and users of policy advice the influence of economists on government decisions is almost negligible. This paper aims to explore the prospects of policy advice addressed to the general public as a countervailing power. It is argued that in order to have some impact on public opinion economists must rely primarily on propaganda and have to overcome a serious collective action problem. Yet, the organization of the academic system provides no incentives for economists to fulfil the role of general-public-oriented advisers. Copyright Verein fü Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2001

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik.

Volume (Year): 2 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 61-73

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  1. Ulf Papenfu� & Tobias Thomas, 2007. "Eine Lanze für den Sachverständigenrat? Plädoyer für eine differenziertere Analyse wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Beratungsinstitutionen," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 8(4), pages 335-358, November.
  2. Watanabe, Kou, 2014. "Optimale Rahmenbedingungen in der wirtschaftspolitischen Beratung: Vier Konzepte als institutionelle Ergänzung," DICE Ordnungspolitische Perspektiven 59, Heinrich‐Heine‐Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).

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