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# Which of the following best completes the passage below?

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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

"Government" does not exist as an independent entity defining policy. Instead there exists a group of democratically elected pragmatists sensitive to the electorate, who establish policies that will result in their own reelection. Therefore, if public policy is hostile to, say, environmental concerns, it is not because of governmental perversity but because elected officials believe that ____.

A) environmentalists would be extremely difficult to satisfy with any policy, however environmentally sound
B) environmental concern are being accomodated as well as public funds permit
C) the public is overly anxious about environmental deterioration
D) the majority of voters vote for certain politicians because of those politicians' idiosyncratic positions on policy issues
E) the majority of voters do not strongly wish for a different policy
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17 Sep 2004, 21:30
C looks best
I think the CR implies that actions on public policy is influenced by what the public supports and this inturn attracts votes during relection

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17 Sep 2004, 21:55
E is my answer. The argument is that the politicians' actions reflect the will of the electorate - so if they are not paying much attention to environmental concerns, it means that electorate doesn't care much about environmental concerns either.

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17 Sep 2004, 22:41
I am with E on this one.
politioians are sensitive about their eletorates, so they will stress on what the electorate asked for. Electorate didn't push on envn. issues, neither did politicians.

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17 Sep 2004, 23:38
E. The elected officials will do anything to ensure that they are reelected.

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18 Sep 2004, 00:30
I am going ahead with E.

The tone of the passage is positive and is in a way supportive of the leaders elected by people. So, only E fits the bill.

I had a brief look at C before I chose E, only to reject C because 'the public is overly anxious' is unwarranted anywhere in the passage.

OA pls..

Paul wrote:
Which of the following best completes the passage below?

"Government" does not exist as an independent entity defining policy. Instead there exists a group of democratically elected pragmatists sensitive to the electorate, who establish policies that will result in their own reelection. Therefore, if public policy is hostile to, say, environmental concerns, it is not because of governmental perversity but because elected officials believe that ____.

A) environmentalists would be extremely difficult to satisfy with any policy, however environmentally sound
B) environmental concern are being accomodated as well as public funds permit
C) the public is overly anxious about environmental deterioration
D) the majority of voters vote for certain politicians because of those politicians' idiosyncratic positions on policy issues
E) the majority of voters do not strongly wish for a different policy

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18 Sep 2004, 01:50
I misinterpreted the meaning of "perversity"

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18 Sep 2004, 05:38
OA is E
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