The contents of this volume are drawn from the seventh International Symposium in Economic Theory and Econometrics, and represent recent advances in the development of concepts and methods in political economy. Contributors include leading practitioners working on formal, applied, and historical approaches to the subject. The collection will interest scholars in the fields of political science and political sociology no less than economics. Section 1 investigates models of voting and representation, section 2 explores dimensions of political institutions, section 3 covers strategic aspects of competition, and section 4 examines key aspects of government behavior.
Political economy: a personal interpretation and an overview Norman J. Schofield; Part I. Perspectives on Political Economy: 1. Political ideology, communication, and community Melvin J. Hinich and Michael C. Munger; 2. Implementation and enforcement in institutional modeling Leonid Hurwicz; 3. Toward a theory of institutional change Douglas C. North; 4. The development of contemporary political theory Peter C. Ordeshook; Part II. Representation and Voting: 5. Proportional representation, approval voting, and coalitionally straightforward elections Roger B. Myerson; 6. Party competition in a spatial model of coalition Norman J. Schofield; 7. Some foundations for empirical study in the Euclidean spatial model of social choice Craig A. Tovey; Part III. Political Institutions: 8. Communications in institutions: efficiency in a repeated Prisoner's Dilemma with hidden information Randall L. Calvert; 9. The courts and slavery in the United States: property rights and credible commitment John N. Drobak; 10. On the pervasiveness of sophisticated sincerity Tim Groseclose and Keith Krehbiel; 11. Initial versus continuing proposal power in legislative seniority systems Richard D. McKelvey and Raymond Riezman; Part IV. Political Competition: 12. Adverse selection and moral hazard in a repeated elections model Jeffrey S. Banks and Rangarajan K. Sundaram; 13. Campaign contributions and party-candidate competition in services and policies David P. Baron and Jongryn Mo; 14. Polarization, incumbency, and the personal vote John Londregan and Thomas Romer; 15. Credibility and the responsiveness of direct legislation; Part V. Information Acquisition by Government: 16. Information acquisition and orthogonal argument David Austen-Smith; 17. A welfare analysis of political action Susanne Lohmann; Part VI. Government Behaviouor; 18. Monetary policy and credibility under exact monetary aggregation William A. Barnett; 19. A general equilibrium model with endogenous government behaviour Eric Drissen and Frans Van Winden.