Do They Walk Like They Talk? A Conclusion

Part of the Studies in Public Choice book series (SIPC, volume 15)


In this conclusion, we first provide a summary of the main theoretical and empirical conclusions reached by the contributors to this volume. Then, we argue that the empirical study of dissonance in policy processes must not only investigate whether policy makers do what they say but also whether what they say corresponds to what the public wants. In our concluding remarks, we ask the question whether dissonance is always pathological.


Public Opinion Public Deliberation Truth Teller Empirical Conclusion Fiscal Discipline 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis M. Imbeau
    • 1
  • Steve Jacob
    • 1
  • François Pétrys
    • 1
  1. 1.Département de science politiqueUniversité LavalQuébecCanada

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