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Polling, Policy, and Public Opinion: The Case Against Heeding the "Voice of the People" (Hardback)
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Polling, Policy, and Public Opinion: The Case Against Heeding the "Voice of the People" (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 26/09/2002
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The opinion poll has become commonplace in politics and typically reveals public desires for greater government social welfare assistance, such as more aid for education or health care. These statistics seem to proclaim the welfare state's enduring popularity. Though sincere, these desires largely reflect how questions are asked. Unfortunately, polls usually lack basic economic restraints. There are no costs, risks or disasters in the world of polling. Market-based solutions are routinely excluded. This book works to reveal these shortcomings and clearly demonstrates why a government ruled by the vox populi would be folly.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9780312294953
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm


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'Excellent, stimulating this book will help Americans understand what they already suspect but cannot fully articulate.' - Benjamin Ginsberg, Johns Hopkins University

'Weisberg argues that the obsession that today's public officials display for polls is not a celebration of direct democracy...' - Washington Post

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