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Readings in Public Choice and Constitutional Political Economy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introductory Overviews

  3. Biographies of the Founding Fathers

    1. Charles K. Rowley
      Pages 77-83
    2. Bernard Grofman
      Pages 85-90
    3. Bernard Grofman
      Pages 91-95
    4. Robert D. Tollison
      Pages 97-108
    5. Charles K. Rowley
      Pages 109-130
    6. Melvin J. Hinich, Michael C. Munger
      Pages 131-134
    7. John H. Aldrich
      Pages 135-141
    8. Charles K. Rowley, Anne E. Bradley
      Pages 143-166
  4. Perspectives

    1. Charles K. Rowley
      Pages 169-190
    2. Robert D. Tollison
      Pages 191-209
    3. Hartmut Kliemt
      Pages 211-226
    4. Francesco Parisi
      Pages 227-263
    5. Viktor Vanberg
      Pages 265-278
  5. Fundamental Principles

    1. James M. Buchanan
      Pages 281-293
    2. Melvin J. Hinich, Michael C. Munger
      Pages 295-304

About this book


Public choice is the study of behavior at the intersection of economics and political science. Since the pioneering work of Duncan Black in the 1940s, public choice has developed a rich literature, drawing from such related perspectives as history, philosophy, law, and sociology, to analyze political decision making (by citizen-voters, elected officials, bureaucratic administrators, lobbyists, and other "rational" actors) in social and economic context, with an emphasis on identifying differences between individual goals and collective outcomes. Constitutional political economy provides important insights into the relationship between effective constitutions and the behavior of ordinary political markets.

In Readings in Public Choice and Constitutional Political Economy, Charles Rowley and Friedrich Schneider have assembled an international array of leading authors to present a comprehensive and accessible overview of the field and its applications. Covering a wide array of topics, including regulation and antitrust, taxation, trade liberalization, political corruption, interest group behavior, dictatorship, and environmental issues, and featuring biographies of the founding fathers of the field, this volume will be essential reading for scholars and students, policymakers, economists, sociologists, and non-specialist readers interested in the dynamics of political economy.



Competition Decision Making Democracy Economic Policy Ethics Free Trade Interest Groups Monetary Policy Moral Philosophy Political Economy Political Philosophy Political Science Public Choice Public Goods Regulation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Locke InstituteFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  3. 3.Inst. Volkswirtschaftslehre Abt. VolkswirtschaftspolitikUniversität LinzLinzAustria

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