Do politicians behave worse when they’re up for re-election? How effective and accountable can non-elected policymakers be? And has the government’s response to COVID-19 bolstered or weakened the case for democracy? I explore these questions, and many more, with Garett Jones.

Garett is an associate professor of economics and the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is the author of two books: Hive Mind: How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own and 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less.

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