“Principles and politics make an uneasy pairing…the less principled a legislator is, the more successful that legislator can be in the political bargaining process…”

“Principles and politics make an uneasy pairing. That being the case, it is not difficult to understand why public policy tends to be skewed to represent the interests of the elite rather than the masses. Legislation gets passed through logrolling, which is political exchange….

… the less principled a legislator is, the more successful that legislator can be in the political bargaining process. The political process itself contains a selection mechanism that favors unprincipled politicians over principled ones.”

Political Capitalism—How Economic and Political Power is Made and Maintained, pp. 138, 139, Randall G. Holcombe

Book: Political Capitalism: How Economic and Political Power is Made and Maintained

Political Capitalism: How Economic and Political Power is Made and Maintained- Randall Holcombe-AERC 2019 (Video)