The Public Choice Approach to Politics

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. I The Contractarian Approach to Public Choice
1 Constitutional Democracy and Social Welfare 3
2 The Utilitarian Contract: A Generalization of Rawls' Theory of Justice 25
3 Intergenerational Justice and the Social Discount Rate 48
4 Achieving the Just Polity 59
5 The Social Contract and Collective Choice 65
6 Choosing a Constitution in East Europe: Lessons from Public Choice 77
7 Constitutional Rights 101
8 Individualism, Contractarianism, and Morality 122
Pt. II Electoral and Voting Rules
9 Solving the Intensity Problem in Representative Democracy 143
10 On Equalizing the Distribution of Political Income 184
11 Representative Democracy via Random Selection 193
12 The Social Gains from Exchanging Votes: A Simulation Approach 205
13 Voting by Veto 230
14 Voting by Veto and Majority Rule 249
15 Probabilistic Majority Rule 266
Pt. III The Composition and Size of Government Activity
16 Allocation, Redistribution, and Collective Choice 287
17 The Pareto Optimal Approach to Income Redistribution: A Fiscal Application 305
18 Redistribution, Growth, and Political Stability 315
19 Electoral Politics, Interest Groups, and the Size of Government 320
20 Interest Groups and the Size of Government 344
21 The Growth of Government: A Public Choice Perspective 365
Pt. IV James M. Buchanan and 'The Virginia School'
22 James M. Buchanan: Economist cum Contractarian 403
23 The "Virginia School" and Public Choice 431
Pt. V A Survey of Public Choice
24 Public Choice: A Survey 447
Pt. VI Public Choice's Methodology and Future
25 Rational Egoism Versus Adaptive Egoism as Fundamental Postulate for a Descriptive Theory of Human Behavior 489
26 The Future of Public Choice 510
Name Index 515
Subject Index 523
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