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The public may not be getting the policies they want, but it’s very hard to measure what they do want.

Wlezien, Christopher (2017) The public may not be getting the policies they want, but it’s very hard to measure what they do want. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (24 Apr 2017). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

If democracy is to be representative, then public policies should reflect what the public wants. But how do we determine whether or not this is the case? Christopher Wlezien takes a close look at policy representation, arguing that it can be very hard to assess given that support for and opposition to a specific policy may not reflect what the public actually wants. Public preferences for “more” policy (spending for example) also may not tell us much about what the public wants. He warns that in some policy areas, expressed preferences for more spending are completely unrelated to the policy status quo and so tell us nothing about whether the public even wants more or less.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 14:11
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2019 23:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75980

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