What kind of politicians are successful?
A new study on politicians has revealed the astonishing and interesting fact that politicians who tell lies are more successful than those who speak the truth. It is much easier for them to get any position in the party or government than for honest politicians. In such a case, when the people attach more importance to the confidence and acceptability of the candidates, the chances of success of the clever and lying candidates in such electoral systems are multiplied.
Economists at the University of Bath in the UK and the University of Konstanz in Germany have experimented with hundreds of politicians. This experience has shown that the progress in politics is made by candidates who do not fulfill the promises made during their election campaign.
Method of experiment;
In this study, economists experimented with game theory to test the importance of reliability and to see how individuals react to different election opportunities. There were two phases of an election process. In the first phase, there were individual candidates who were competing against each other for nomination by the party. This situation is similar to the process in the United States, where Democrats and Republicans choose their leaders. The economists then asked the candidates who were included in their experience how eager they are for their selection and how much money, time and effort they will invest to get them selected. The most invested candidates easily entered the first round. In order to be elected to the post, the candidates had to choose how much money they would promise to these voters during the election so that they Get the support of those who have not made a decision. In the end, after the election, if elected, the politicians had to decide how they would actually make the decisions. They had to decide what to give to the voters. Will they change their minds or will they not keep their previous promises?
The Researchers’ findings;
The researchers’ findings highlight the fact that the candidates who were most likely to succeed in the nomination process were those who invested in the first round. After contesting the elections, these were the candidates who broke the most promises to the voters. In other words, they were the ones most interested in the nomination and they were the ones who were most likely to break their promises.
Dr. Mike Schneider said:
Dr. Mike Schneider, a leading researcher in the Department of Economics at the University of Bath, said: “Our research shows why it is not surprising to find candidates in the election campaign who lie. We should all be concerned about the level of trust in politics. There is an open contradiction in terms of electorate which says that trust in politics is lacking, yet the results of the research show that Candidates who lie more are still more likely to get the post somehow.
He added that in the context of game theory, it is clear why this is so, but that these results should focus on the questionable nature of the candidates and the growing transparency of the system. Researchers emphasize that there is a case where honest people work hard in terms of time and resources to reach the position, but these results show that they are not able to succeed as much as their dishonest rivals.