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Author Chait, Jonathan.

Title The big con : the true story of how Washington got hoodwinked and hijacked by crackpot economics / Jonathan Chait.

Imprint Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  320.973 C349b 2007    ---  Available
Description x, 294 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Charlatans and cranks -- The sum of all lobbies -- Driving out the heretics -- The necessity of deceit -- Media : the dog that didn't watch -- How Washington imagines character -- The abuse of power -- The mainstreaming of radicalism.
Summary A revealing look at how a small group of economic hucksters have taken over the American political system and perverted our nation's policies. American politics has been hijacked, not by "neocons" or "theocons," but by a fringe group of economic extremists obsessed with radical ideas that favor no one but themselves and their business interests. With dark wit, journalist Chait shows how over the last three decades these canny zealots have gamed the political system and the media so that once unthinkable policies--without a shred of academic, expert, or even popular support--now drive the American agenda, regardless of which party is in power. Why have these ideas succeeded? Through vivid portraits of self-interested politicians and pseudo-economists, and in wry analysis of their bogus theories, Chait gives us the tools to understand what's really behind economic policy debates in Washington: a riveting drama of greed and deceit.--From publisher description.
Subject Lobbying -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
Economists -- United States -- Political activity.
Political corruption -- United States.
Deception -- Political aspects -- United States.
United States -- Economic policy -- Moral and ethical aspects.
ISBN 0618685405
Standard No. AU@ 000041580244
NZ1 11359692

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