Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure [NOOK Book]

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Providing students of economics, politics, and policy with a concise explanation of public choice, markets, property, and political and economic processes, this record identifies what kinds of actions are beyond the ability of government. Combining public choice with studies of the value of property rights, markets, and institutions, this account produces a much different picture of modern political economy than the one accepted by mainstream political scientists and welfare economists. It demonstrates that when ...

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Overview

Providing students of economics, politics, and policy with a concise explanation of public choice, markets, property, and political and economic processes, this record identifies what kinds of actions are beyond the ability of government. Combining public choice with studies of the value of property rights, markets, and institutions, this account produces a much different picture of modern political economy than the one accepted by mainstream political scientists and welfare economists. It demonstrates that when citizens request that their governments do more than it is possible, net benefits are reduced, costs are increased, and wealth and freedom are diminished. Solutions are also suggested with the goal to improve the lot of those who should be the ultimate sovereigns in a democracy: the citizens.

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“Throughout the world, publics are looking for a new conception of government and its role. Happily, there is a whole new theory that fills the bill called ‘public choice,’ and which is clearly and persuasively presented in the excellent book, Beyond Politics.”  —Robert L. Bartley, late editor, Wall Street Journal

Beyond Politics is a solid work in all respects. Truly a praiseworthy book, it is well written and carefully organized, providing a rich contrast between orthodox notions of democracy and the public choice alternative.”  —Richard E. Wagner, Harris Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Beyond Politics is a valuable analysis, making a cogent case for thoroughly rethinking what government should do. The book deserves wide reading.” —John Engler, former Governor of Michigan

Beyond Politics is so well written and interesting that it appeals even to those, like me, who may disagree with several of its arguments.”  —Mancur Olson, Jr., late professor of economics, University of Maryland

“Mitchell and Simmons make a lucid case for a market economy and limited constitutional government. Beyond Politics is the most effective introduction to this topic that is now available.”  —William A. Niskanen, former chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisors

Beyond Politics is a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the failures of U.S. governmental policies, with important suggestions for how to correct them. The book is a thorough introduction to what is wrong with America’s political system with remedies for its failure.”  —Dennis C. Mueller, professor of economics, University of Maryland

“We have needed an answer to the question often asked: ‘Can you refer me to a single book that will explain in simple language what Public Choice is all about?’ Beyond Politics by William Mitchell and Randy Simmons meets this need superbly.”  —James M. Buchanan, Nobel Laureate in Economic Science, Center for the Study of Public Choice, George Mason University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598130591
  • Publisher: Independent Institute, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised and updated edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 855,330
  • File size: 893 KB

Meet the Author

Randy T. Simmons is a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, the Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics, the director of the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University, and the former mayor of Providence, Utah. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Utah League of Cities and Towns as well as a member of the Utah Governor's Privatization Commission. He is the author of several books, including The Political Economy of Culture and Norms. He lives in Providence, Utah.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations and Tables xi

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Market Failures and Political Solutions: Orthodoxy 5

1 Market Failure and Government Intervention

The View from Welfare Economics 7

2 Political Presuppositions of the Idealized State 35

Part II In Dispraise of Politics: Some Public Choice 49

3 Undemocratic Side of Democracy 51

4 Pathological Politics

The Anatomy of Government Failure 85

5 Politics of Free and Forced Rides

Providing Public Goods 111

Part III Understanding Property, Markets, the Firm, and the Law 129

6 Private Property and Public Choice 131

7 Rediscovering Markets, Competition, and the Firm 153

8 Public Choice and the Law 169

Part IV Case Studies in the Anatomy of Government Failure 185

9 Political Pursuit of Private Gain

Producer-Rigged Markets 187

10 Political Pursuit of Private Gain

Consumer Protection 199

11 Political Pursuit of Private Gain

Government Exploitation 219

12 Political Pursuit of Private Gain

Government Schools and Mediocrity 231

13 Political Pursuit of Private Gain

Environmental Goods 253

14 Political Pursuit of Private Gain

Coercive Redistribution 285

15 Micro-Politics of Macro-Instability 299

Part V Political Implications of Public Choice 321

16 Creating a Climate for Liberty 323

Index 339

About the Author 359

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