The Myth of the Rational Voter

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  • Hardcover
  • 276 pages
  • The Myth of the Rational Voter
  • Bryan Caplan
  • English
  • 06 October 2017
  • 0691129428

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The Myth of the Rational Voter The greatest obstacle to sound economic policy is not entrenched special interests or rampant lobbying, but the popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases held by ordinary voters This is economist Bryan Caplan s sobering assessment in this provocative and eye opening book 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.Boldly 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 Americans voting behavior and opinions on a range of economic issues, he makes the convincing 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 bold ways to make democratic government work better for example, urging economic educators to focus on correcting popular misconceptions and recommending that democracies do less and let markets take up the slack The Myth of the Rational Voter takes an unflinching look at how people who vote under the influence of false beliefs ultimately end up with government that delivers lousy results With the upcoming presidential election season drawing nearer, this thought provoking book is sure to spark a long overdue reappraisal of our elective system. Best Download [ The Myth of the Rational Voter ] By [ Bryan Caplan ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – hillviewbedandbreakfast.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Myth of the Rational Voter

  1. Courtney says:

    Since I probably won t finish this book before school starts, I figure I d put in my review now based on the first few chapters While I was really excited to see this book come out and feel it s a topic long overdue for a good discussion, I believe Caplan is too smart for his own good The premise of the book is that if the average person knowsabout economics, our democracy would function better Caplan contends that systematic anti foreign, anti market, pessimistic and make work biases c Since I probably won t finish this book before school starts, I figure I d put in my review now based on the...

  2. Mike Edwards says:

    Caplan is half right He explores in some detail why irrationality is inherent to the human condition, and how this necessarily leads voters to make bad decisions But I have two major problems with the book 1 Caplan s prime example of how stupid voters are is that voters want to regulate international trade Certainly free trade is powerful and good, and while I agree with him that protectionist isolation would be very bad, there are reasonable, nuanced, and intelligent reasons that one might Caplan is half right He explores in some detail why irrationality is inherent to the human condition, and how this necessarily leads voters to make bad decisions But I have two major problems with the book 1 Caplan s prime example of how stupid voters are is that voters want to regulate international trade Certainly free trade is powerful and good, and while I agree with him that protectionist isolation would be very bad, there are reaso...

  3. catharine says:

    I read this book because ever since Prop 8 passed in California, I have completely lost faith in direct democracy, and started feeling like voting was just opting into a corrupt system of the majority suppressing whatever minority they didn t like The We are the 99% protests rubbed me the same way This book confirmed some of my mood, but left me a bithopeful The author offers an erudite, economist viewpoint that the perception that voting is just like the free market is wrong because I read this book because ever since Prop 8 passed in California, I have completely lost faith in direct democracy, and start...

  4. Carl says:

    Requiring my concentration throughout, this book packs a big payoff in every section The author presents the economic biases shared by a frighteningly large majority of voters and follows by clearly although with a lot of empirical evidence demystifying these biases in a way that makes your brain feel good Caplan, a Princeton economist, cleaves the difference between the rational way we conduct business in our economic lives and the irrational way we hold political positions on economic issu Requiring my concentration throughout, this book packs a big payoff in every section The author presents the economic biases shared by a frighteningly large majority of voters and follows by clearly although with a lot of empirical evidence demystifying these biases in a way that makes your brain feel good Caplan, a Princeton economist, cleaves the difference between the rational way we conduct business in our economic lives and the irrational way we hold political positions on economic issues and blazes the trail to view the electorate as systematically irrational Think of it as book on philosophy with demand curve graphs or the behavioral psychology of truth seeking, ...

  5. Mike says:

    This book is all about economics and the amazing differences in beliefs of trained economists and the voting public The author posits and offers proof that this is why democracies choose bad policies The book is not about anything other than economics If you...

  6. Alexander Velasquez says:

    This book will probably haunt me until the day I die It will haunt me before I sleep, and it will haunt me when I wake It is a chilling analysis of why democracy, as we know it in America, does not work It doesn t work because most people are irrational voters People are irrational voters because they vote on their preconceived biases about the economy, foreign policy, etc And their biases are mostly wrong because they re uneducated about these matters, and the educated elites that are educ This book will probably haunt me until the day I die It will haunt me before I sleep, and it will haunt me when I wake It is a chilling analysis of why democracy, as we know it in America, does not work It doesn t work because most people are irrational voters People are irrational voters because they vote on their preconceived biases about the economy, foreign policy, etc And their biases are mostly wrong because they re uneducated about these matters, and the educated elites that are educated about...

  7. Mike (the Paladin) says:

    Alexis de Tocqueville told us in 1835 that The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public s money That s not an exact quote as I ve had pointed out to me but it s what the man wrote almost 200 years ago Or there s It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public funds treasury.Actually to be precise America is not a democracy We are a Democratic, Constitutional Republic That said Alexis de Tocqueville told us in 1835 that The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public s money That s not an exact quote as I ve had pointed out to me but it s what the man wrote almost 200 years ago Or there s It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public funds treasury.Actually to be precise America is not a democracy We are a Democratic, Constitutional Republic That said much if not all that the author says here still applies There was another writer in the late 1700s and early 1800s n...

  8. Chris Lund says:

    I definitely wasn t convinced of the strength of all the arguments in the book, and by the time I got to the end I felt a bit unsatisfied and unresolved, but it was worth the read if for no other reason than it forces you to confront the issue of bad policy decisions in ways that are rarely talked about, and from an angle that is quite different from the typical discussions of these issues The writing is a level or two above casual non fiction reader , and it probably helps to have a bit of an I definitely wasn t convinced of the strength of all the arguments in the book, and by the time I got to the end I felt a bit unsatisfied and unresolved, but it was worth the read if for no other reason than it forces you to confront the issue of bad policy...

  9. Howard Olsen says:

    A good look at the harsh reality of political discourse in a democracy Not only do people lack the time and information to make truly informed decisions, they also suffer from basic analytical fallacies that are readily exploited by politicians on the make Don t start feeling smug, though Caplan takes on sacred cows on the Left protectionism works globalization evil and on the Right immigration is bad deficits evil with equal aplomb As Caplan notes throughout, many economic fallac A good look at the harsh reality of political discourse in a democracy Not only do people lack the time and information to make truly info...

  10. Joey says:

    I am not an economist, but according to Bryan Caplan, I can be defined as a part of the enlightened public because I have a Master s degree 4.0 GPA in education from UMass Boston I have also been living under the American poverty line as an American born citizen for the last three years not by choice or any lack of effort to obtain a living wage Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University and touts a Ph.D from Princeton University also the publisher of this book, wh I am not an economist, but according to Bryan Caplan, I can be defined as a part of the enlightened public because I have a Master s degree 4.0 GPA i...