Studies in Public Choice

Do They Walk Like They Talk?

Speech and Action in Policy Processes

Editors: Imbeau, Louis M. (Ed.)

  • Addresses the timely but much neglected issue of speech in policy processes from a political-economy perspective
  • Integrates work by an international panel of economists and political scientists
  • Includes case studies from a variety of countries
  • Employs a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques of discourse analysis
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George Bush’s 1988 campaign pledge, "Read my lips: no new taxes," has become a mantra for those who distrust politicians and bureaucrats. The gulf between what political leaders say and do seems to be widening, and in democratic societies around the world, contributing to an atmosphere of cynicism and apathy among the citizenry. Understanding the characteristics and functions of speech in policy processes is a requirement for trying to overcome this problem. However, there has been scant analysis of political discourse; the aim of this book is to help fill this analytical gap, by exploring political speech from a variety of perspectives, including normative, epistemological, and empirical. Incorporating insights from economics, political science, philosophy, and law, and evidence from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Turkey, and the EU, the book addresses a wide variety of timely issues, including:

  • Fiscal discipline in speeches vs budget balance

    Revenues forecasted in budget speeches vs realized budget outcomes

    Electoral pledges vs actual realizations

    Ideological stance in party publications vs spending and revenues of party governments

    The political business cycle

Other questions explored include: Should policy makers always tell the truth and all the truth? What are the benefits and the costs of transparency? How can we resolve the apparent contradiction between the democratic demand for transparency and the efficiency requirement of secrecy in many policy areas? Under which conditions is secrecy acceptable in a democratic society? To what extent may deception and lies lead to a breach of trust or to power abuse? What are the most efficient institutional mechanisms to prevent such abuse? Collectively, the authors present new insights for understanding political process and government activity, and suggest avenues for further research.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Dissonance in Policy Processes: An Introduction

    Imbeau, Louis M.

    Pages 3-15

  • The Power of Words: A Philosophical Perspective

    De Koninck, Thomas

    Pages 19-29

  • Information Shrouding and the Governmental Supply of Goods and Services: An Economic Perspective

    Breton, Albert

    Pages 31-51

  • Party Rhetoric and Practice: A Normative Perspective from Political Science

    Lemieux, Vincent

    Pages 53-64

  • Measuring How Political Parties Keep Their Promises: A Positive Perspective from Political Science

    Pétry, François (et al.)

    Pages 65-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Do They Walk Like They Talk?
Book Subtitle
Speech and Action in Policy Processes
Editors
  • Louis M. Imbeau
Series Title
Studies in Public Choice
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-89672-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-89672-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-89671-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1720-0
Series ISSN
0924-4700
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 306
Number of Illustrations and Tables
65 b/w illustrations
Topics