In Praise of Ideological Openness

5 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2011

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Daniel B. Klein

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Date Written: October 2, 2011

Abstract

One’s ideological views – that is, the pattern of positions one tends to take on important public-policy issues – run deep and change little. Inevitably they involve commitments and judgments about the most important things. Just as we value disclosure of vested interests, we value disclosure of one’s ideological tendencies. I elaborate some virtues of ideological openness.

Keywords: Disclosure, openess, ideology, teaching

JEL Classification: A1, A13

Suggested Citation

Klein, Daniel B., In Praise of Ideological Openness (October 2, 2011). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 11-42, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1937307 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1937307

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