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

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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...

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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.
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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ISBN 9781137308719
Genre LAW / Government / Federal
Format Hardcover
Pages 139
Publisher Date 2012-11-29 00:00:00.0
Publisher Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Year 2013
Height 8.5 in
Wdth 5.5 in
Thickness 0.55 in
Unit weight 0.75 lb
Language English
Subtitle Why Lawmakers Choose Belief over Research
Audience College/higher education
Authors Schultz, David

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