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

Authors: Schultz, D.

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American Politics in the Age of Ignoranc e looks at ten policy myths and bad ideas that governments and public officials - most often conservatives - consistently repeat and re-enact. Acting on these myths, the policies inevitably fail and thereby reinforce preconceived beliefs that government is ineffective at solving problems.

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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.

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"American Politics in the Age of Ignorance is simultaneously depressing, hopeful and engaging. Depressing because of its convincing arguments and examples that government policies are consistently made based on 'political myths' accepted at face value by officeholders, candidates, journalists, and the public alike rather than on empirical social science evidence. Hopeful because it makes an equally compelling case that we actually know a good deal about what works and what does not, and in theory at least, have a policymaking process designed to provide the feedback necessary to learn from past successes and failures. And engaging because of the 'take no prisoners' style in which it is written. Finding solutions to the dilemma documented in these pages will not be easy, but I suggest as a first step that policymakers, journalists and citizens who care about the state of our nation read this book." - Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"The divide between evidence and ideology in American political debate has never seemed so wide. With this small book, David Schultz applies actual, credible research to highly-charged assertions, separating fact from fiction and defending the propositions that citizenship requires respect for data and information, and that reason should trump uninformed emotion. The book is a plea for Americans to quit "dumbing down" our politics." - Sheila Suess Kennedy, Professor of Law and Public Policy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief over Research
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
David Schultz
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30873-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137308733
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30871-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 139
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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