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Dangers of Politics: Selfishness in Government

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Dangers of Politics: Selfishness in Government
June 3, 2013 8:00 am
June 3, 2013 10:00 pm
May 28, 2013
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The U.S. Congress entered 2013 with an approval rating of 14 percent, the lowest in US history. In the US and beyond, people are frustrated about the influence of special interest groups on politics and the mismanagement of government budgets. As a result, voter turnout rates are lower than ever, and people who do vote are often misinformed and disillusioned.


Why do politicians, interest groups, and voters behave the way they do? Why does our political system continue to produce such frustrating outcomes? And why do lobbyists have so much sway in Washington?


Grasp the crux of our present political dilemma by joining economist Diana Thomas from Utah State University for a one-week introduction to Public Choice, the study of political behavior and motivations.

  • We will explore the following topics:
  • What are the main motivations/incentives of politicians and bureaucrats?
  • Why are so many people ignorant about politics?
  • Why do special interests have so much political power?
  • And why is it that regulation never really seems to achieve its intended goals?




You will have access to a set of online videos with short topical lectures and participate in a live Q&A session with Dr. Thomas on June 8th.

In just two hours a week, you can finish with an excellent overview of the Public Choice discipline and a signed certificate of completion (Certificates only available to US Residents). If you’d like to complete the session with distinction and get special perks like free books, invitations to exclusive in-person educational programs, personalized letters of recommendation, and other opportunities, you might want to commit yourself to about 5 a week to make it happen.


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