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Quack Policy: Abusing Science in the Cause of Paternalism [Paperback]

Jamie Whyte

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July 1 2013 0255366736 978-0255366731

Noting that politicians and lobbyists who promote new regulations and taxes often claim that the case for increased government intervention is supported by scientific evidence, this work sets out to expose the deficiencies in such an approach by examining four areas of policy: minimum alcohol pricing, passive smoking, global warming, and happiness. In each case, the use of scientific evidence is shown to be deeply flawed and the policymaking process is characterized by basic methodological errors, as well as self-interested behavior by the experts involved. This study also makes note of academic and political elites who also use such policies to impose their own values on society as a whole, demonstrating contempt for the preferences of the general public. The author concludes that much evidence-based policy is grounded on poor scientific reasoning and very poor economics.


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Institute of Economic Affairs (July 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0255366736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0255366731
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jamie Whyte is a management consultant, a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and a senior fellow of the Adam Smith Institute. He is the author of Crimes Against Logic and a frequent contributor to various newspapers, including the Times of London and the Wall Street Journal.


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