Politics as incentives

In the economist’s view of politics, ideology and party matter less than the incentives facing politicians. Political parties in a democracy differ more by the words they use to justify their actions rather than by the actions themselves. Republicans talk about economic freedom and the dangers of big government while making government bigger. Democrats talk about their devotion to labor unions and the dangers of free trade but they rarely push for tariffs and quotas.

– Russell Roberts, Pigs Don’t Fly: The Economic Way of Thinking about Politics | Library of Economics and Liberty.