The Ongoing Debate Over Political Ignorance: Reply to My Critics
Critical Review, Vol. 27, Nos. 3-4, pp. 380-414, 2015 (Symposium on Democracy and Political Ignorance)
37 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 8, 2016
The participants in this Critical Review symposium raise many insightful criticisms and reservations about my book Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter. But none substantially undermine its main thesis: that rational political ignorance and rational irrationality are major problems for democracy that are best addressed by limiting and decentralizing government power. Part I of this reply addresses criticisms of my analysis of the problem of political ignorance and its causes. Part II assesses challenges to my proposed solution.
Keywords: rational ignorance, elections, rational irrationality, federalism, foot voting, democracy, voting, information, information shortcuts, miracle of aggregation, exit rights, polling, political ignorance, Anthony Downs
JEL Classification: D71, D80, H10, H11, H41, H70, H73, H77
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