Why the Economics of Politics, Not the Issues, Dominate Elections

  • The Daniels Fund 101 Monroe Street Denver, CO, 80206 United States

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Have you ever wondered why politicians seem to do things that don’t align with their own constituents, or that don’t make common sense? Have you ever secretly wished that some people would not vote because they don’t educate themselves about the issues? Well, you know those economists – always searching for the incentives that drive people’s behavior. In this class you’ll learn how Public Choice Theory answers these questions by looking at the economics of what drives voters, bureaucrats and politicians. This class will provide great perspectives to examine the behavior of voters and politicians in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. We will demonstrate some lessons from the book, Focus: Understanding Economics in Civics and Government, and each participant will receive that publication. Great for teachers of economics, government and current events but equally valuable for your personal edification as a citizen.