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Man, society, and the failure of politics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
1998 (English)In: Critical review (New York, N.Y.), ISSN 0891-3811, E-ISSN 1933-8007, Vol. 12, no 1-2, 1-12 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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Why are political decisions often unfortunate? In replying to this question public-choice theorists fail to distinguish individual conditions from systemic ones. Instead, they make sweeping claims about the egoism of man and the failure of politics. But the real problem is that we often experience government failures despite the best, the most benign motives on the part of citizens, politicians, and bureaucrats. Better than the theory of man's innate self-interest is the theory of the unintended consequences arising from the inherent shortcomings of the political system. To wish well but to do evil-that is the dilemma of politics.

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1998. Vol. 12, no 1-2, 1-12 p.
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-49365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-49365DiVA: diva2:77272
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2013-10-14Bibliographically approved

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