The myth of the rational voter

by Russ Roberts on June 13, 2007

in Books, Podcast, Politics

I just interviewed Bryan Caplan on his new book, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies, for an upcoming EconTalk podcast. The podcast should be released on June 25. I’d encourage you to read his book in advance of the podcast if you have the time. It is fascinating, provocative and very well-written. Bryan argues that the bad policies we get aren’t because special interests have hijacked the political process but rather because democracy works too well—it gives irrational voters what they want. The logic is relentless. He will make you think.


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