Do government officials decide more rationally than the rest of us?

Marie-Claude Bonniot-Cabanac1, Michel Cabanac1
1Laval University, Canada
Cite this article:  Bonniot-Cabanac, M. , & Cabanac, M. (2010). Do government officials decide more rationally than the rest of us?. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 38, 1147-1152.

Volume 38 Issue 8 | e2064 | Published: September 2010 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2010.38.8.1147

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We investigated the relative weighting of rationality and pleasure in decisions by individuals from all three branches of government. Judges, government executives, and members of parliament rated their pleasure/displeasure after reading item-sentences describing political and social problems followed by different decisions (Questionnaire One). Questionnaire Two was a multiple-choice, grouping of items from Questionnaire One. All three participant groups maximized pleasure equally in their decision making.

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