1st Edition

Public Economics A Concise Introduction

By José Luis Gómez-Barroso Copyright 2022
    266 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Public Economics: A Concise Introduction provides a concise and non-technical overview of the role of government in the economy.

    Using the questions ‘why?’, ‘what for?’ and ‘how?’, the text initially surveys the place of the public sector in a market economy. It then considers the possible reasons which could justify government involvement. Next, the book examines the aims of state economic activity, and the instruments which a government has at its disposal. Lastly, the final chapter provides an illuminating tour of economic history and history of economic thought in relation to government economic activity.

    The book offers an international focus throughout, with examples taken from all over the globe. Readers are supported with a range of pedagogical features, including example boxes, chapter objectives and summaries, and end-of-chapter multiple choice and reflection questions.

    Public Economics: A Concise Introduction will be a valuable text for students on courses in public economics, welfare economics, public finance, public policy and related areas.


    1. State Activity In The Economy: A Global Perspective

    2. Reasons For State Economic Activity

    3. Objectives Of State Economic Activity

    4. Instruments Of State Economic Activity

    5. Conclusion: State Or Market?

    6. State Activity Throughout History: Theory And Reality


    José Luis Gómez-Barroso is a professor at the National Distance Education University (UNED—Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia) in Spain.