Ethics, Economics and Politics Principles of Public Policy

ISBN-10: 019926872X
ISBN-13: 9780199268726
Edition: 2003
Authors: I. M. D. Little
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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 179
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

This book studies the interfaces of ethics, economics, and politics. Public policy issues involve all three of these subjects. Although it may be seen as suggesting the nucleus of a joint university course, the book is accessible to and should interest all those concerned with political decisions. Any such decision needs a criterion for judging whether one action or outcome is better than another. Even a dictator must to some extent be concerned about the economic welfare of the citizens; and a democratic government more so. But how is a person's economic welfare to be judged? Furthermore, any political decision affects the economic welfare of different people differently. How then is the welfare of a community to be judged? This is an ethical question. Underlying any coherent public policy there must be a relevant moral code.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Economics and Philosophy
Personal Utility and Welfare
Expected Utility and Risk
Risk and Fluctuations
Risk and Equality
Utility and Positive Economics
Utility and Normative Economics
Collective Utility and Welfare
Welfare Economics
Theoretical Welfare Economics
Applied Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Politics and Philosophy
The Role of the State
Limitations of State Authority
Individual Rights
Social Contract and Property
Property and Property Rights
Utilitarianism: Theory and Applications
Utility and the Value of Life
The State and Population Policy
What Constituency Now?--On Citizens and Foreigners
The State and Saving for the Future
Utilitarianism, Justice, and Equality
Utilitarianism and Equality
Rawls's Theory of Justice
The Meaning of Justice
Distributive Justice
Interstate Distributive Justice
Dworkin and Equalizing Resources
The Measurement of Equality
Summary
Contractarianism
Communitarianism
Economics and Politics
Introduction
Games, Conventions, and Public Goods
Games
Conventions
Public Goods and the State
Positive Political Economy
Endogenizing Government
Democratic and Authoritarian Government
Collective Choice and Voting
Economic Policy under Relatively Autonomous Government
Economic Policy under Democracy
Modelling Political Economy Explanations of Policies and Trends
The Political Economy of Protection in Industrialized Countries
The Growth of Government in Industrialized Countries
Protection and Import Substitution in Developing Countries
Policy Reform in Developing Countries
An Interim Jejune Report on Endogenizing Government
Normative Political Economy
Further Consideration of Government and Distribution
Rent-seeking and Corruption
Ethics, Economics, and Politics
The Principles of Public Policy
A Resume of Parts I, II, and III
The Philosophical Framework
The Scale of Government Expenditure
The Boundaries of Public Policy
References
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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