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Politikberatung der Öffentlichkeit?


  • Hans Pitlik


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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  • Hans Pitlik, 2001. "Politikberatung der Öffentlichkeit?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 2(1), pages 61-73, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:2:y:2001:i:1:p:61-73

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