The Myth of the Myth of the Rational Voter
AbstractThis paper argues that Bryan Caplan’s Myth of the Rational Voter overstates in case against democracy by not dealing with what might be called the historical/instrumentalist argument for democracy. It argues that the case for democracy that he attacks is primarily an academic exercise, which makes his argument against that case also an academic exercise. It further argues that the supposed policy choice that Caplan presents between the market and democracy is not the correct choice, and that his proposals that economists should be given more voting weight in the democratic decision process is inappropriate.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Middlebury College, Department of Economics in its series Middlebury College Working Paper Series with number 0807.
Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2008
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-07-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2008-07-14 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-HPE-2008-07-14 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-POL-2008-07-14 (Positive Political Economics)
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