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Description - Polling, Policy, and Public Opinion by R. Weissberg

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 text works to reveal these shortcomings and clearly demonstrates why a government ruled by the vox populi would be folly.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312294953
ISBN-10: 0312294956
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - R. Weissberg

ROBERT WEISSBERG is Professor of Political Science at University of Illinois-Urbana. He is author of Democracy and the Academy (2000) and has written for Forbes, The Weekly Standard, and the major political science journals.