Pleasantville Politics: Selecting Politicians According to Ability

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Assume a community that needs politicians. They might not be desperately needed, just: needed. Now consider the type of politicians. You may want to select the most empathic ones, the most committed, the most funny, the best-looking, or just the most able. Before you claim that the latter option is by far-and self-evidently-superior, think twice. Selecting politicians according to their ability may turn out to be impossible. And if it were possible, it may not be sustainable. And if it were sustainable, it is most likely to be undesirable. So, we shouldn’t bother.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomic Ideas You Should Forget
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9783319474588
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-47457-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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