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Author: William A Niskanen
Publisher: Washington, DC : Cato Institute, ©2008.
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Acclaimed economist and Cato chairman William A. Niskanen illustrates how economic incentives significantly aid in the creation of successful policies and applies his sharply focused economic perspective to such topics as unemployment, election law, and the economics of war and peace. This practical approach toward economic policy generates surprising results and offers suggestions to avoid common pitfalls of  Read more...
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Niskanen, William A., 1933-2011.
Reflections of a political economist.
Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, ©2008
(DLC) 2008029684
(OCoLC)209647865
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William A Niskanen
ISBN: 9781933995953 1933995955 1281905585 9781281905581
OCLC Number: 297820028
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 363 pages) : illustrations
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.
Responsibility: William A. Niskanen.

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Acclaimed economist and Cato chairman William A. Niskanen illustrates how economic incentives significantly aid in the creation of successful policies and applies his sharply focused economic perspective to such topics as unemployment, election law, and the economics of war and peace. This practical approach toward economic policy generates surprising results and offers suggestions to avoid common pitfalls of government policymaking.

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