In its group-centered formulation, the economic theory of politics recognizes
that the distortion of information figures prominently in the arsenals
of organized interest groups. This paper builds a case for according equal
significance to informational distortions perpetrated by ordinary individuals.
Preference falsification on the part of individuals distorts not only the
process of political choice but also the evolution of the beliefs that
underlie people's political disposotions. Organized groups know that preference
falsification is a feature of individual political behavior, and by various
means they try to exploit it.
In The Competitive State, ed. A. Breton, G. Galeotti, P. Salmon, and R. Wintrobe (Boston: Kluwer-Nijhoff, 1990): 71-95.