Economist-kings? A Critical Notice on Caplan, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

@article{Read2011EconomistkingsAC,
  title={Economist-kings? A Critical Notice on Caplan, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies},
  author={Rupert J. Read},
  journal={European Review},
  year={2011},
  volume={19},
  pages={119 - 129}
}
  • R. Read
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Economics
  • European Review
Caplan’s The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies1 has been received by rave reviews. These reviews appear to have failed to note that Caplan’s book celebrates the market and denigrates democracy at the very time when markets worldwide have failed and democracies have ridden to the rescue. It thus appears to have been undermined fatally by events that occurred as it was published (and which Caplan artfully omits to mention in the more recent paperback edition). Caplan… 

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The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies. By Bryan Caplan. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. 280p. $29.95. Bryan Caplan's book could only have been written by an
A similar point is made by David Runciman in his useful article
For justification of this claim and prognostication as to what it implies, see Larry Lohmann's work, and also Mike Davis's 'Who will build the ark?
See Colin Leys's impressive 2003 Verso book of that title