Publication
Title
Nonrepresentative representatives : an experimental study of the decision making of elected politicians
Author
Abstract
A considerable body of work in political science is built upon the assumption that politicians are more purposive, strategic decision makers than the citizens who elect them. At the same time, other work suggests that the personality profiles of office seekers and the environment they operate in systematically amplifies certain choice anomalies. These contrasting perspectives persist absent direct evidence on the reasoning characteristics of representatives. We address this gap by administering experimental decision tasks to incumbents in Belgium, Canada, and Israel. We demonstrate that politicians are as or more subject to common choice anomalies when compared to nonpoliticians: they exhibit a stronger tendency to escalate commitment when facing sunk costs, they adhere more to policy choices that are presented as the status-quo, their risk calculus is strongly subject to framing effects, and they exhibit distinct future time discounting preferences. This has obvious implications for our understanding of decision making by elected politicians.
Language
English
Source (journal)
The American political science review / American Political Science Association [Washington, D.C.] - Washington, D.C., 1906, currens
Publication
Washington, D.C. : 2018
ISSN
0003-0554 [print]
1537-5943 [online]
Volume/pages
112 :2 (2018) , p. 302-321
ISI
000439554800008
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Project info
Information-processing by individual political actors. The determinants of exposure, attention and action in a comparative perspective (INFOPOL).
Information-processing by individual political actors. The determinants of exposure, attention and action.
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 02.08.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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