A Question of War and Peace
By Bryan Caplan
My favorite question from my latest Public Choice final exam:
“There are multitudes with an
interest in peace, but they have no lobby to match those of the ‘special
interests’ that may on occasion have an interest in war.” (Olson, The Logic of Collective Action)
According to Olson, how should we expect foreign
policy to respond to these facts? Is he
right? Describe a simple way to
empirically test Olson’s story.
Your answers? I’ll honor the best responses and offer my own around Christmas.