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Tullock challenges: happiness, revolutions, and democracy


Frey, Bruno S (2011). Tullock challenges: happiness, revolutions, and democracy. Public Choice, 148(3-4):269-281.

Abstract

Gordon Tullock is one of the most important of the founders and contributors to Public Choice. Two innovations are typical “Tullock Challenges.” The first relates to method: the measurement of subjective well-being, or happiness. The second relates to digital social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and to some extent Google. Both innovations lead to strong incentives by governments to manipulate the policy outcomes. In general, “What is important will be manipulated by the government.” To restrain government manipulation, one has to turn to Constitutional Economics and increase the possibilities for direct popular participation and federalism or introduce random mechanisms.

Abstract

Gordon Tullock is one of the most important of the founders and contributors to Public Choice. Two innovations are typical “Tullock Challenges.” The first relates to method: the measurement of subjective well-being, or happiness. The second relates to digital social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and to some extent Google. Both innovations lead to strong incentives by governments to manipulate the policy outcomes. In general, “What is important will be manipulated by the government.” To restrain government manipulation, one has to turn to Constitutional Economics and increase the possibilities for direct popular participation and federalism or introduce random mechanisms.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:22 July 2011
Deposited On:30 Nov 2011 16:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:12
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0048-5829
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-011-9821-z
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:4726

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