Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy / Edition 1

Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy / Edition 1

by Torsten Persson, Guido Tabellini
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262161958

ISBN-13: 9780262161954

Pub. Date: 08/14/2000

Publisher: MIT Press

What determines the size and form of redistributive programs, the extent and type of public goods provision, the burden of taxation across alternative tax bases, the size of government deficits, and the stance of monetary policy during the course of business and electoral cycles? A large and rapidly growing literature in political economics attempts to answer these…  See more details below

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What determines the size and form of redistributive programs, the extent and type of public goods provision, the burden of taxation across alternative tax bases, the size of government deficits, and the stance of monetary policy during the course of business and electoral cycles? A large and rapidly growing literature in political economics attempts to answer these questions. But so far there is little consensus on the answers and disagreement on the appropriate mode of analysis.

Combining the best of three separate traditions—the theory of macroeconomic policy, public choice, and rational choice in political science—Torsten Persson and Guido Tabellini suggest a unified approach to the field. As in modern macroeconomics, individual citizens behave rationally, their preferences over economic outcomes inducing preferences over policy. As in public choice, the delegation of policy decisions to elected representatives may give rise to agency problems between voters and politicians. And, as in rational choice, political institutions shape the procedures for setting policy and electing politicians. The authors outline a common method of analysis, establish several new results, and identify the main outstanding problems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262161954
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/14/2000
Series:
Zeuthen Lectures Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
553
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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