Voters and supermarket customers are the same people

Public-choice theory is very timely, says’s Government – whose obedient servant?. There are some intersting thoughts in this article.

“Love it or loathe it (and there are vigorous exponents of either view), an understanding of public-choice is highly relevant to understanding what we are really dealing with in considering e-democracy. It offers a better explanation than any other available of the key ingredient in moving to e-government, in its dispassionate analysis of the motivation of the public servants who have to make the change. Its account for why it is that democracies can regularly support projects whose benefits are far less than their costs may have an unnerving ring of truth for the government IT community.”

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