1st Edition

Government By The Market? The Politics Of Public Choice

By Peter Self Copyright 1994

    Recent decades have seen the study of politics invaded by economic theories, methods and techniques. This book gives a concise, non- technical account of these 'public choice' theories and examines their influence upon government policies in English-speaking countries. Issues covered include slimming the state, privatising welfare and re- structuring government. Final chapters offer an alternative view of the basis of good government. This book offers a unique survey and critique of the ideas and influence of an important branch of political thought and it links with market theories. It is vital reading for students of both politics and economics.

    Preface - Economic Interpretations of Politics - Theories of Political Behaviour - The Creation of a New Ideology - Slimming the State - Privatising Welfare - Restructuring Government - Market Ideology and Public Policy - Public Choice and the Public Interest - Towards Better Government - Bibliography - Index


    Peter Self