© 1993

Government by the Market?

The Politics of Public Choice

  • Wide-ranging analysis of the discipline and the theory's real-life impacts

    ​Accessible for both Politics and Economics students

    No prior experience of the topic required


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Peter Self
    Pages 1-20
  3. Peter Self
    Pages 21-47
  4. Peter Self
    Pages 48-69
  5. Peter Self
    Pages 70-112
  6. Peter Self
    Pages 113-155
  7. Peter Self
    Pages 156-197
  8. Peter Self
    Pages 198-231
  9. Peter Self
    Pages 232-261
  10. Peter Self
    Pages 262-281
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 282-303

About this book


Recent decades have seen the study of politics invaded by economic theories, methods and techniques. This book gives a concise, non- technical account of these 'public choice' theories and examines their influence upon government policies in English-speaking countries. Issues covered include slimming the state, privatising welfare and re- structuring government. Final chapters offer an alternative view of the basis of good government. This book offers a unique survey and critique of the ideas and influence of an important branch of political thought and its links with market theories. 


Government Policy political thought politics Public Choice Welfare

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CanberraAustralia

About the authors

sometime Visiting Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia and Emeritus Professor of Public Administration, London School of Economics

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Government by the Market?
  • Book Subtitle The Politics of Public Choice
  • Authors Peter Self
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1993
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Economics & Finance Collection Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-56972-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-56973-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-23111-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 320
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics International Political Economy
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