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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryan Caplan Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 reccomending 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.

This book is published by Princeton University Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joseph | 2/15/2014

    " Very theoretical, almost like reading an economics textbook (full of charts etc) and whil I agreed with the author's points it was hard to stay awake while reading it on the train. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonathan | 2/7/2014

    " I really liked this book. I thought it was really insightful. It is a must read for anyone who has an interest in politics/government. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jake | 1/25/2014

    " Fantastic book. The only drawback is that many laymen will find it a little slow going and a bit of an information overload. Caplan does an incredible job of expressing his latest research in economics. Also, the conclusion of the book is absolutely extraordinary. He does an excellent job tying everything together. "Myth" will change not only the way you look at politics, but also the way you view other people's beliefs in politics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dave | 12/11/2013

    " The good: an interesting thesis based mostly on careful research and reasoning. The bad: the writing is thoroughly uninspired; the organization and editing is sometimes just awful; and the last quarter of the book lacks focus. Reading only the first 2/3 of the book, or even just a good book review, would be a better use of one's time. "

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