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Reflections of a political economist : selected articles on government policies and political processes

Author: William A Niskanen
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, ©2008.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William A Niskanen
ISBN: 9781933995205 1933995203
OCLC Number: 209647865
Description: vii, 363 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Policy analysis --
1. Oil is not worth a war --
2. R & D and economic growth : cautionary thoughts --
3. Too much, too soon : is a global warming treaty a rush to judgment? --
4. Next steps toward health policy reform --
5. The economic basis for military capacity --
6. Creating good jobs and good wages --
7. Should the Ex-Im Bank be retired? --
8. On the death of the Phillips Curve --
9. The economic burden of taxation --
10. Increasing individual responsibility would improve retirement security --
11. An unnecessary war is an unjust war --
12. Major policy lessons from the corporate scandals --
13. An unconventional perspective on the Greenspan record --
14. The several costs of responding to the threat of terrorism --
15. The failure to starve the beast --
pt. II. Public choice --
16. Autocratic, democratic, and optimal government : a sketch --
17. A vote for Perot was a vote for the status quo --
18. On the constitution of a compound republic --
19. Bureaucracy : a final perspective --
20. Bringing power to knowledge : choosing policies to use decentralized knowledge --
21. On the origin and identification of government failures --
22. The intellectual case for a free market economy --
23. U.S. elections are increasingly biased against moderates --
24. Advice from a friendly American on the proposed constitution for the European Union --
25. A case for divided government --
26. Alternative political and economic futures for Europe --
27. On Wisconsin : some friendly constitutional advice --
28. A reformulation of voting theory --
pt. III. Book reviews --
29. 'Pop internationalism' by Paul Krugman --
30. 'Everything for sale : the virtues and limits of markets' by Robert Kuttner --
31. 'Perspectives on public choice : a handbook' edited by Dennis C. Mueller --
32. 'Power and prosperity : outgrowing communist and capitalist dictatorship' by Mancur Olson --
33. 'In defense of free capital markets : the case against a new international financial architecture' by David F. DeRosa --
34. 'Virginia political economy : the selected works of Gordon Tullock. Volume 1' edited by Charles K. Rowley --
35. Pay without performance : the unfulfilled promise of executive compensation by Lucian Bebehuk and Jesse Fried --
36. 'The market for virtue : the potential and limits of corporate social responsibilities' by David Vogel --
37. 'Why I, too, am not a conservative : the normative vision of classical liberalism' by James M. Buchanan --
38. 'The age of turbulence : adventures in a new world' by Alan Greenspan --
pt. IV. Personal reflections --
39. A reflection on the major developments in the world, 1951-2000 --
40. Policy proposals from the libertarian right --
41. A personal reflection on the Trinity.
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