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The Perspective of the History of Thought

  • Charles K. Rowley

Public choice is a relatively new discipline located at the interface between economics and political science. Its modern founding was the achievement of Duncan Black whose 1948 (a–c) articles are widely viewed as the seminal contributions that launched scholarship in the application of economic analysis into the traditional domain of political science. Yet, it is true that the founding goes back almost two centuries in time, to the late eighteenth century contributions of two French Encyclopedistes, the Compte de Borda and the Marquis de Condorcet. The two French noblemen shared a conviction that social sciences were amenable to mathematical rigor, and made significant contributions to the theory of voting. These contributions form the foundations on which much of modern public choice has been crafted.

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Collective Action Public Choice External Cost Condorcet Winner Collective Choice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles K. Rowley
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  1. 1.Locke InstituteFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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