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Adam Smith ruleThe Adam Smith rule, named after Adam Smith, is a simplification of political behavior derived from a study of Oakland, California which was conducted by Frank Levy, Arnold Meltsner, and Aaron Wildavsky and briefly mentioned in Managing Urban America.
This rule states, "When a customer makes a request, take care of him in a professional manner; otherwise, leave him alone."
An applied example of this would be a city which professionally maintains certain streets, and ignores maintenance on others.
See also: political science
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