- Affective public choice
- Book title
- Shakai Kakagu no Jikken Apurochi (Experimental Approaches in Social Sciences)
- Pages (from-to)
- Number of pages
- Tokyo: Keisoshobo Publishers
- Document type
- 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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