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The Ignored Manipulation of the Market: Commercial Advertising and Consumerism Require New Economic Theories and Policies

  • Henk van Tuinen
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    One of mainstream economic theory's blind spots is its neglect of the manipulation of preferences, for example through advertising. Another flaw concerns the market economy's ineffectiveness at increasing welfare in affluent societies. Indeed, a principle reason for this ineffectiveness is the loss in consumer sovereignty caused by the dominance of commercial preference manipulation. This article outlines a theory of preference manipulation, and describes a policy framework to restore consumer sovereignty by creating countervailing power against commercial manipulation. The suggested policy will improve the welfare outcomes of affluent economies and reconfigure the balance between consumerist and non-consumerist attitudes in modern democracies.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Political Economy.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 213-231

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