Public Choice: A Primer

Public Choice: A Primer

by Eamonn Butler
     
 

In this important contribution for all who seek to understand better the role that government should play in economic life, the author helps the reader understand the limits of the government's ability to correct market failure. It also explains the implications of public choice economics for the design of systems of government—a topic that is highly relevant

Overview

In this important contribution for all who seek to understand better the role that government should play in economic life, the author helps the reader understand the limits of the government's ability to correct market failure. It also explains the implications of public choice economics for the design of systems of government—a topic that is highly relevant in contemporary political debate. “Market failure” is a term widely used by politicians, journalists, and academics, however, those who use the term often lack any sense of proportion about the ability of government to correct market failures. This arises partly from the lack of general knowledge—and lack of coverage in economics syllabuses—of public choice economics, which applies realistic insights about human behavior to the process of government. If it is assumed that at least some of those involved in the political process—whether elected representatives, bureaucrats, regulators, public-sector workers, or electors—will act in their own self-interest rather than in the general public interest, it should give people much less confidence that government can correct market failure. This complex area of economics has been summarized in this very clear primer by Eamonn Butler.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780255366502
Publisher:
Institute of Economic Affairs
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Eamonn Butler is director and cofounder of the Adam Smith Institute think tank, and a broadcaster on economic and social issues. He is the author of Adam Smith—A Primer and Ludwig von Mises—A Primer.

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