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American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief Over Research

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State and local governments are often trumpeted as laboratories of democracy, capable of significant policy innovation and expertise. Yet the reality is that states more often than not repeatedly reenact failed policies that past research shows do not work. American Politics in the Age of Ignorance contends that policy making is shrouded in many myths and that policy makers often ignore ample research and evidence when it comes to legislating on a range of issues. Examining such hot button issues as restricting immigration and welfare migration, seeking to lure businesses with tax breaks, and providing public subsidies for sports stadiums, this book catalogs a list of repeatedly enacted failed policies that public officials advocate, offering a critical and skeptical analysis of the policy process.

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State and local governments are often trumpeted as laboratories of democracy, capable of significant policy innovation and expertise. Yet the reality is that states more often than not repeatedly reenact failed policies that past research shows do not work. American Politics in the Age of Ignorance contends that policy making is shrouded in many myths and that policy makers often ignore ample research and evidence when it comes to legislating on a range of issues. Examining such hot button issues as restricting immigration and welfare migration, seeking to lure businesses with tax breaks, and providing public subsidies for sports stadiums, this book catalogs a list of repeatedly enacted failed policies that public officials advocate, offering a critical and skeptical analysis of the policy process.

About the Author

David Schultz is Hamline University Professor in the School of Business where he teaches classes in ethics, public policy, and economics. He also holds an appointment at the University of Minnesota School of Law, USA where he is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Law and Politics. Professor Schultz has a PhD in Political Science and a Law degree and has been a professor for more than 21 years. Previous to teaching he has worked as a housing an economic planner and in local government. Professor Schultz is the author and editor of more than 25 books and 70+ articles on various topics of law, legal theory, and American politics, and he has edited or co-edited several encyclopedias.

Table of Contents

States as Laboratories of Futility

The Truth about Taxes: They Don't Matter Much

Sportsfare: Welfare for Professional Sports

Welfare Queens, Calculative Criminals, And the Myth of Homo Economicus

Sending Signals: Illegal Immigrants and Teenage Sex

Democracy is the Worst Form of Government

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137308719
Author:
Schultz, David
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Federal Jurisdiction
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
American Government/National
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b/w tables
Pages:
140
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

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History and Social Science » Law » Legal Guides and Reference
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History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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State and local governments are often trumpeted as laboratories of democracy, capable of significant policy innovation and expertise. Yet the reality is that states more often than not repeatedly reenact failed policies that past research shows do not work. American Politics in the Age of Ignorance contends that policy making is shrouded in many myths and that policy makers often ignore ample research and evidence when it comes to legislating on a range of issues. Examining such hot button issues as restricting immigration and welfare migration, seeking to lure businesses with tax breaks, and providing public subsidies for sports stadiums, this book catalogs a list of repeatedly enacted failed policies that public officials advocate, offering a critical and skeptical analysis of the policy process.

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