Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
| Editors: Alain Marciano, Giovanni Battista Ramello


  • Walter E. BlockEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_51


The institution of “government” is perhaps more debated among philosophers, political scientists, economists, historians, and other social scientists than any other. In order to give a comprehensive assessment of this concept, I will offer several perspectives on it.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of BusinessLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA