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Political economy for public policy

Author: Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2016.
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This textbook uses modern political economy to introduce students of political science, government, economics, and public policy to the politics of the policymaking process. The book’s distinct political economy approach has two virtues. By developing general principles for thinking about policymaking, it can be applied across a range of issue areas. It also unifies the policy curriculum, offering coherence to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
ISBN: 9780691168739 0691168733 9780691168746 0691168741
OCLC Number: 940954444
Description: xxii, 401 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: *Frontmatter, pg. i*Summary of Contents, pg. vii*Policy Applications, pg. xvii*Preface, pg. xix*Introduction, pg. 1*1. Normative Frameworks, pg. 11*2. Collective Goals, pg. 51*3. Pareto Concepts, pg. 74*Summing Up Normative Foundations, pg. 95*4. Externalities, pg. 97*5. Coordination Problems, pg. 150*6. Commitment Problems, pg. 173*Summing Up Social Dilemmas, pg. 191*7. Strategic Adjustment, pg. 193*8. Dynamic Inconsistency, pg. 218*9. The Need for Information, pg. 244*10. Influence over Elected Officials, pg. 282*11. Institutions, Incentives, and Power, pg. 305*Summing Up Constraints on Good Governance, pg. 328*Concluding Reflections on Politics and Policy, pg. 331*A. Utility, Strategic-Form Games, and Nash Equilibrium, pg. 335*B. Extensive-Form Games, pg. 362*Bibliography, pg. 385*Index of Referenced Authors, pg. 393*General Index, pg. 396
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This textbook uses modern political economy to introduce students of political science, government, economics, and public policy to the politics of the policymaking process. The book’s distinct political economy approach has two virtues. By developing general principles for thinking about policymaking, it can be applied across a range of issue areas. It also unifies the policy curriculum, offering coherence to standard methods for teaching economics and statistics, and drawing connections between fields. The book begins by exploring the normative foundations of policymaking political theory, social choice theory, and the Paretian and utilitarian underpinnings of policy analysis. It then introduces game theoretic models of social dilemmas externalities, coordination problems, and commitment problems that create opportunities for policy to improve social welfare. Finally, it shows how the political process creates technological and incentive constraints on government that shape policy outcomes. Throughout, concepts and models are illustrated and reinforced with discussions of empirical evidence and case studies. --

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