Exit and the epistemic quality of voice

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Taylor, Brad R.. 2016. "Exit and the epistemic quality of voice." Economic Affairs: the journal of the IEA. 36 (2), pp. 133-144. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecaf.12173
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Exit and the epistemic quality of voice

ERA Journal ID18512
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AuthorTaylor, Brad R.
Journal TitleEconomic Affairs: the journal of the IEA
Journal Citation36 (2), pp. 133-144
Number of Pages12
Year2016
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0265-0665
1468-0270
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ecaf.12173
Web Address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/ecaf.12173/full
Abstract

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.

Keywordsexit and voice; government failure; political knowledge; quasi-markets; rational ignorance; Tiebout competition
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380113. Public economics - public choice
440811. Political theory and political philosophy
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