Questions to be Answered
The interest-group theory of government is based upon the premise that a major portion of governmental activity is devoted to the transfer of resources among citizens. Some citizens are net winners in this process and some are net losers. Moreover, the wealth-transfer process is not a simple process in which well-organized and wealthy producers increase their wealth through legislation at the expense of widely dispersed and poorly organized consumers. The more generally correct characterization of the wealth-transfer process does not pit consumers against producers but allows each economic unit to seek transfers from the other units in the economy-polity. Our primary interest in this process will be to analyze the role of the political representative in brokering transfers among the various groups in a society.
KeywordsDemand Curve Political Competition Wealth Transfer Real Resource Political Representative
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- See Gordon Tullock, “Entry Barriers in Politics,” American Economic Review 55 (May 1967): 458–66.Google Scholar