Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

ISBN-10: 0199548471

ISBN-13: 9780199548477

Edition: 2008

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Over its long lifetime, "political economy" has had many different meanings: the science of managing the resources of a nation so as to provide wealth to its inhabitants for Adam Smith; the study of how the ownership of the means of production influenced historical processes for Marx; thestudy of the inter-relationship between economics and politics for some twentieth-century commentators; and for others, a methodology emphasizing individual rationality (the economic or "public choice" approach) or institutional adaptation (the sociological version). This Handbook views politicaleconomy as a grand (if imperfect) synthesis of these various strands, treating political economy as the methodology of economics applied to the analysis of political behavior and institutions. This Handbook surveys the field of political economy, with 58 chapters ranging from micro to macro, national to international, institutional to behavioral, methodological to substantive. Chapters on social choice, constitutional theory, and public economics are set alongside ones on voters, partiesand pressure groups, macroeconomics and politics, capitalism and democracy, and international political economy and international conflict.
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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1112
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Barry R. Weingast is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Ward C. Krebs Family Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University.

Introduction: The Nature of Political Economy
Voters, Candidates, and Pressure Groups
Overview: Voters, Candidates, and Parties
Rational Voters and Political Advertising
Candidate Objectives and Electoral Equilibrium
Political Income Redistribution
The Impact of Electoral Laws on Political Parties
Legislative Bodies
Overview: Legislatures and Parliaments in Comparative Context
The Organization of Democratic Legislatures
Coalition Governments
Interaction of the Legislature, President, Bureaucracy and the Courts
Overview: Separation of Power
Pivotal Politics
Presidential Agenda Control
Politics, Delegation, and Bureaucracy
The Judiciary
Constitutional Theory
Overview: Constitutionalism
Self-Enforcing Democracy
Constitutins as Expressive Documents
The Protection of Liberty, Property, and Equality
Social Choice
Overview: Social Choice, Herve Moulin
A Toolkit for Voting Theory
Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being
Fair Division
Public Finance and Public Economics
Overview: Structure and Coherence in the Political Economy of Public Finance
Fiscal Institutions
Voting and Efficient Public Good Mechanisms
Fiscal Competition
Politics and Macroeconomics
Overview:The Nonpolitics of Monetary Policy
Political Business Cycles
Voting and the Macroeconomy
The Political Economy of Exchange Rates
Democracy and Capitalism
Overview: Democracy and Capitalism
Comparative Perspectives on the Place of the State in the Economy
Historical and Comparative Development and Non-Democratic Regimes
Authoritarian Regimes
The Developmental State
Constitutional Design and Economic Performance
Economic Geogrpahy
International Political Economy
Overview: International Political Economy: A Maturing Discipline
National Borders and the Size of Nations
European Integration
Trade, Immigration, and Cross-Border Investment
International Relations and Conflict
Overview: Central Issues in the Study of International Conflict
Ethnic Mobilization and Ethnic Conflict
Democracy, Peace, and War
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