Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, Second Edition

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One of the biggest problems with modern democracy is that most of the public is usually ignorant of politics and government. Many people understand that their votes are unlikely to change the outcome of an election and don't see the point in learning much about politics. This creates a nation of people with little political knowledge and little ability to objectively evaluate what they do know.

Ilya Somin mines the depths of  public ignorance in America and reveals it as a major challenge for democracy. He weighs various potential solutions, provocatively arguing that political ignorance is best mitigated and its effects lessened by decentralizing and limiting government. People make better decisions when they choose what to purchase in the market or which state or local government to live under, than when they vote at the ballot box, because they have stronger incentives to acquire relevant information and to use it wisely.

The second edition of Democracy and Political Ignorance fully updates its analysis to include new and vital discussions of the "Big Sort" and its implications for "voting with your feet," the connection between political ignorance and the disproportionate political influence of the wealthy, new proposals for increasing political knowledge, and up-to-date survey data on political ignorance from recent elections.

The first edition of this book attracted interest around the world, and has been translated into Italian and Japanese.

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About the Author:

Ilya Somin is a Professor at George Mason University School of Law. He is the author of The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain (2015), and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (2013).  Somin's work has appeared in a variety of academic journals and popular media, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He writes regularly for the Volokh Conspiracy blog at the Washington Post.

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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION:

"Voter ignorance can be rational... But as Ilya Somin demonstrates in this mind-opening book, voter ignorance has bad consequences that strengthen the case for limited government, including judicial review to put a leash on wayward majorities."—George F. Will, Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner

"Democracy and Political Ignorance is the most cogent, thoughtful, and up-to-date book on political ignorance on the market."—Bryan Caplan, George Mason University, author of The Myth of the Rational Voter

"Political scientists have long worried about voter ignorance, but the law has been slow to catch up. Ilya Somin is part of an important group of legal thinkers grappling with this issue and its legal implications. With exceptional clarity, Somin offers a variety of solutions to the problem of voter ignorance, including a spirited and systematic defense of the value of voting with one's feet."—Heather Gerken, Yale Law School

"Ilya Somin has an excellent new book on the problem of political ignorance in democracy... Highly recommended." - Jason Brennan, Georgetown University, author of The Ethics of Voting

"An excellent new book." - John McGinnis, Northwestern University School of Law.

"Penetrating analysis of the problem with majoritarianism." - Randy Barnett, Georgetown University Law Center.

"Ilya [Somin's] book is well worth reading for anyone interested in the problem of how a democracy can cope with an electorate that isn’t particularly interested in politics. It’s lucid, original, and in many ways compelling." - Sean Trende, Senior Elections Analyst, RealClearPolitics

"Ilya Somin...  shows that Americans know woefully little about their political system, have known very little for a long time, and are not likely to change in the foreseeable future — because they have a very good reason not to... [M]any insights...  come out of a book on ignorance that is, perhaps paradoxically, highly informative." – A. Barton Hinkle, Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A great book... According to Bryan Caplan this is 'the most cogent, thoughtful, and up-to-date book on political ignorance on the market.' I totally agree."  - Aristides Hatzis, University of Athens, editor of Economic Analysis of Law: A European Perspective

"An original analysis of the limits of mass democracy." - Carlo Lottieri, Il Giornale (Italy)

"Deploying ignorance as an argument against the democratic organization of political and social institutions has a long history, many attempts of which are not nearly as thorough, engaging, and fair-minded as Somin’s book.... Somin’s answer to the question ‘Who, exactly, decides where and how government should be ‘smaller’ in order to be smarter?’ is well-reasoned and challenging." - Nicholas Zavediuk, Journal of Public Deliberation

Democracy and Political Ignorance is a fascinating and provocative work of scholarship.... [It] provides a well reasoned, carefully qualified case for smaller government. ... Somin’s preferences are clearly on the libertarian, decentralized side of the spectrum. Yet one need not subscribe to all—or indeed any—of his normative conclusions to appreciate his smart, thoughtful consideration of the issues.” - Christopher Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

"A new book, Democracy and Political Ignorance from the Stanford University Press, is now a must-read for the policy/ government types in the US." - Marlen Ronquillo, Manila Times (the Phillippines)

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