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Do Government Officials Decide More Rationally than the Rest of us?

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Abstract:

We investigated the relative weighting of rationality and pleasure in decisions by individuals from all three branches of government. Judges, government executives, and members of parliament rated their pleasure/displeasure after reading item-sentences describing political and social problems followed by different decisions (Questionnaire One). Questionnaire Two was a multiple-choice, grouping of items from Questionnaire One. All three participant groups maximized pleasure equally in their decision making.

Keywords: DISPLEASURE; GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS; JUDGES; LAWMAKERS; PLEASURE; POLITICS; RATIONALITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2010.38.8.1147

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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