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James Buchanan & Robert Tollison ed.


Univ. of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1984, 452 pgs., notes, tables, graphs, paperback


Reviewer comment - I will post reviews of the book and of as many of the articles as soon as I can. As I do so I will show links to essays here.

The amazing thing about the entire book is that it has to be written. And that this theory of 'public choice' itself not only is noted as 'new' but also needs to be examined with the use of all the usual tools of the academic economist. A student of history will have observed all the evidence of the self serving nature of politicians - that is rulers - throughout history.

It should be imbedded in the brain of everyone that rulers (now cleverly called 'government' ) rule, that is dictate 'policy', in pursuit of their own 'betterment' to use an economists' term. But, now, 33 years after publication of these essays, the public is still beguiled with the notion that its rulers achieve something called 'public good' and 'social justice'.


1 - Introduction - One essay -


2 - Public Choice, circa 1980 - Two essays -


3 - Recent Contributions to Public Choice Theory and Methods - Five essays -


4 - Applications - Six essays -
Richard Wagner: Boom and Bust


5 - Empirical Public Choice - Five essays -


6 - Constitutional and Philosophical Issues - Five essays -


7 - Future Directions and Prospects - One essay


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