search for books and compare prices
cover image
The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
Price
Store
Arrives
Preparing
Shipping
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Hardcover | Paperback | Miscellaneous
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date August 4, 2008
Pages 276
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691138732
ISBN-10 0691138737
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.94 lbs.
Original list price $27.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

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.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780691129426
 
from Princeton Univ Pr (April 16, 2007)
9780691129426 | details & prices | 276 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $29.95
About: '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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780691138732
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Princeton Univ Pr (August 4, 2008)
9780691138732 | details & prices | 276 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.94 lbs | List price $27.95
About: 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.
Miscellaneous
New edition from Princeton Univ Pr (January 15, 2009)
9781400828821 | details & prices | List price $17.95

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.