Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-149) and index.
Introduction : the oversold society -- How to tell what the emperor is wearing : standards for evidence in policy debates -- It's not the economy, stupid! : why you shouldn't vote your wallet -- Growth illusions : can we spend or tax cut our way to prosperity? -- A tale of two decisions : contrasting standards for evidence -- Is education the great equalizer? -- The states and competition for economic development -- What did your congressman learn in school? -- Welfare without illusions -- Conclusions : policy as patent medicine.