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Democracy and Political Ignorance [electronic resource]: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter

Ilya Somin
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Stanford, California : Stanford Law Books, an imprint of Stanford University Press, [2013]
Language
English
ISBN
9780804786089 (cloth : alk. paper), 0804786089 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780804786614 (pbk. : alk. paper), 0804786615 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Summary
One of the biggest problems with modern democracy is that most of the public is usually ignorant of politics and government. Often, many people understand that their votes are unlikely to change the outcome of an election and don't see the point in learning much about politics. This may be rational, but it creates a nation of people with little political knowledge and little ability to objectively evaluate what they do know. In Democracy and Political Ignorance, Ilya Somin mines the depths of ignorance in America and reveals the extent to which it is a major problem for democracy. Somin weighs various options for solving this problem, arguing that political ignorance is best mitigated and its effects lessened by decentralizing and limiting government. Somin provocatively argues that people make better decisions when they choose what to purchase in the market or which state or local government to live under, than when they vote at the ballot box, because they have stronger incentives to acquire relevant information and to use it wisely. --
Contents
  • The widespread extent of political ignorance
  • Do voters know enough?
  • The rationality of political ignorance
  • The shortcomings of shortcuts
  • Foot voting vs. ballot box voting
  • Political ignorance and judicial review
  • Can vote knowledge be increased?
Description
Mode of access: World wide Web.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-253) and index.
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