Political Economy and Public Finance : The Role of Political Economy in the Theory and Practice of Public Economics

Political Economy and Public Finance : The Role of Political Economy in the Theory and Practice of Public Economics

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 242 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781843760733
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New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2002. In association with the International Institute for Public Finance.

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There is a long-standing difference amongst public economists between those who think that collective choice must be formally acknowledged, and those who derive their policy recommendations from a social planning framework in which politics plays no role. The purpose of this book is to contribute to a meaningful dialogue between these two groups, in the belief that the future of both political economy and of normative public finance lies somewhere between the two approaches.Some of the specific questions addressed in the book include: does public finance need political economy? Should collective choice play a role in the standard of reference used in normative public finance? What is a `failure' in a non-market or policy process? And what have we learned about the theory and practice of public finance from three decades of empirical research on public choice? The book also provides a practitioner's view of the political economy of redistribution. The distinguished list of authors, many of whom are pre-eminent in their fields, includes Robin Boadway, Geoffrey Brennan, Albert Breton, Anibal Cavaco Silva, Walter Hettich, Gebhard Kirchgassner, Dennis Mueller, William Niskanen, Hirofumi Shibata, Eugene Smolensky, Heinrich Ursprung, Frans van Winden, Stanley Winer and Donald Wittman.The importance of political economy to any understanding of why public policy evolves as it does is now widely accepted by public finance scholars and practitioners. This book goes a step further by considering the role of collective choice in defining what constitutes `good' or `better' policy. It will be an essential companion for all scholars of public finance and political economy.

Table of Contents

        List of figures and tables                 vii
List of contributors ix
Preface xi
Political economy and public finance: a 1 (12)
brief introduction
Stanley L. Winer
Hirofumi Shibata
PART I DOES PUBLIC FINANCE NEED POLITICAL
ECONOMY?
Public finance, public choice and the 13 (18)
political economy of regulation
Geoffrey Brennan
Public and welfare economics under 31 (16)
monopolistic and competitive governments
Albert Breton
PART II SHOULD COLLECTIVE CHOICE PLAY A ROLE
IN THE STANDARD OF REFERENCE USED IN
NORMATIVE PUBLIC FINANCE?
The role of public choice considerations in 47 (22)
normative public economics
Robin Boadway
Better than what? Policy analysis, 69 (32)
collective choice and the standard of
reference
Walter Hettich
Comments and a rejoinder 85 (16)
PART III WHAT IS A `FAILURE' IN A NON-MARKET
OR POLICY PROCESS?
Normative public finance without guilt: why 101(10)
normative public finance is positive public
finance
Donald Wittman
On the origin and identification of 111(12)
government failures
William A. Niskanen
Comments 117(6)
PART IV WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT THE THEORY
AND PRACTICE OF PUBLIC FINANCE FROM THREE
DECADES OF EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON PUBLIC
CHOICE?
Interest groups, redistribution and the 123(22)
size of government
Dennis C. Mueller
The effects of fiscal institutions on 145(33)
public finance: a survey of the empirical
evidence
Gebhard Kirchgassner
Experimental investigation of collective 178(21)
action
Frans van Winden
PART V A PRACTITIONER'S VIEW OF THE POLITICAL
ECONOMY OF REDISTRIBUTION
Equity policy and political feasibility in 199(18)
the European Union
Anibal Cavaco Silva
PART VI WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Directions for future research 217(7)
Eugene Smolensky
Where do we go from here? 224(11)
Heinrich W. Ursprung
Comments 232(3)
Index 235