Exit and the epistemic quality of voice

Taylor, Brad R. (2016) Exit and the epistemic quality of voice. Economic Affairs, 36 (2). pp. 133-144. ISSN 0265-0665


Debates over the relationship between exit and voice in politics have focused on the quantity of citizen voice and its effectiveness in influencing public decisions. The epistemic quality of voice, on the other hand, has received much less attention. This article uses rational choice theory to argue that public sector exit options can lead to more informed and less biased expressions of voice. Whereas voters have weak incentives to gather and process information, exit options provide sharper epistemic incentives to produce knowledge which can spill over into voting decisions. Exit can thus improve democratic competence.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 01:39
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 23:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: exit and voice; government failure; political knowledge; quasi-markets; rational ignorance; Tiebout competition
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140213 Public Economics-Public Choice
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/ecaf.12173
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30906

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