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Perspectives on Public Choice
A Handbook

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Dennis C. Mueller, Russell Hardin, Elinor Ostrom, James Walker, Robert P. Inman, Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Bruno S. Frey, James M. Enelow, Douglas W. Rae, Eric Schickler, H. Peyton Young, Prasanta K. Pattanaik, T. Nicolaus Tideman, Peter C. Ordeshook, Norman Schofield, David Austen Smith, Thomas Stratmann, Martin Paldam, John H. Aldrich, Morris P. Fiorina, Elizabeth Hoffman, Ronald Wintrobe, Terry Moe, Walter Hettich, Stanley L. Winer, Robert D. Tollison, Stephen P. Magee, Cheryl M. Holsey, Thomas Borchering
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  • Date Published: May 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521553773

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  • Public choice or rational politics differs from other approaches to the study of political behavior in that it builds on models in which rational individuals seek to advance their own interests. This five-part volume surveys the main ideas and contributions of the field. It contains twenty-five essays written by thirty scholars, both economists and political scientists, from North America and Europe. Part I discusses the nature and justification for the existence of government and various forms it can take, including mixed, private, and public institutions, international organizations, federalisms, and constitutional governments. Part II examines the properties of different voting rules and preference aggregation procedures. Part III explores multiparty systems, interest groups, logrolling and political business cycles. The individual decisionmaker is the focus of Part IV, with surveys of the experimental literature on individual behavior, and why people vote as they do. The final section applies public-choice reasoning to bureaucracy, taxation, and the size of government.

    • State-of-the-art collection on public choice from the most prominent scholars worldwide
    • Balance of theoretical and applied issues using materials from the US, UK, Europe, and Asia
    • Dennis Mueller is perhaps the world's leading public choice analyst and has name recognition in his own right
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    • Date Published: May 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521553773
    • length: 692 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.18kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Public choice in perspective Dennis C. Mueller
    Part I. The Need for and Forms of Cooperation:
    2. Economic theories of the state Russell Hardin
    3. Neither markets nor states: linking transformation processes in collective-action arenas Elinor Ostrom and James Walker
    4. The political economy of Federalism Robert P. Inman and Daniel L. Rubinfeld
    5. The public choice of international organizations Bruno S. Frey
    6. Constitutional public choice Dennis C. Mueller
    Part II. Voting Rules and Preference Aggregation:
    7. Cycling and majority rule James M. Enelow
    8. Majority rule Douglas W. Rae and Eric Schickler
    9. Group choice and individual judgments H. Peyton Young
    10. Some paradoxes of preference aggregation Prasanta K. Pattanaik
    11. Voting and the revelation of preferences for public activities T. Nicolaus Tideman
    Part III. Electoral Politics:
    12. The spatial analysis of elections and committees: four decades of research Peter C. Ordeshook
    13. Multiparty electoral politics Norman Schofield
    14. Interest groups: money, information and influence David Austen Smith
    15. Logrolling Thomas Stratmann
    16. Political business cycles Martin Paldam
    Part IV. Individual Behavior and Collective Action:
    17. When is it rational to vote? John H. Aldrich
    18. Voting behavior Morris P. Fiorina
    19. Public Choice Experiments Elizabeth Hoffman
    Part V. Public Choice in Action:
    20. Modern bureaucratic theory Ronald Wintrobe
    21. The positive theory of public bureaucracy Terry Moe
    22. The political economy of taxation Walter Hettich and Stanley L. Winer
    23. Rent seeking Robert D. Tollison
    24. Endogenous protection: a survey Stephen P. Magee
    25. Why does government's share of national income grow? An assessment of the recent literature on the US experience Cheryl M. Holsey and Thomas Borchering.

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    Dennis C. Mueller, Universität Wien, Austria

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    Dennis C. Mueller, Russell Hardin, Elinor Ostrom, James Walker, Robert P. Inman, Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Bruno S. Frey, James M. Enelow, Douglas W. Rae, Eric Schickler, H. Peyton Young, Prasanta K. Pattanaik, T. Nicolaus Tideman, Peter C. Ordeshook, Norman Schofield, David Austen Smith, Thomas Stratmann, Martin Paldam, John H. Aldrich, Morris P. Fiorina, Elizabeth Hoffman, Ronald Wintrobe, Terry Moe, Walter Hettich, Stanley L. Winer, Robert D. Tollison, Stephen P. Magee, Cheryl M. Holsey, Thomas Borchering

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