Affective public choice
Public Choice and the Challenges of Democracy
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Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
This paper argues that due to the neglect of the affective side of human decision making we find it hard to explain political
economic phenomena such as tax revolts, voting, political rituals, terrorism, and entitlements. Taking into account the action
tendencies of emotions like resentment, hatred, shame, fear, and hope, makes these kinds of behavior better understandable
and predictable. To phrase the argument of this paper in a more polemical way: Who cannot stand the heat should stay out of
politics and public choice!
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