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Perspectives on Positive Political Economy

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ISBN-10: 0521398517

ISBN-13: 9780521398510

Edition: 1990

Authors: James E. Alt, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Randall Calvert, Thrainn Eggertsson

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This volume serves as an introduction to the new field of positive political economy and the various economic and political processes with which it is concerned. Grounded in the rational-actor methodology of microeconomics, positive political economy is devoted to the dual analysis of the role of economic behavior in political processes and of political behavior and constraints in economic exchange. The field has focused on three main subjects of study: models of collective action in industrialized democracies; the organization of markets and alternative mechanisms of exchange in the Third World; and the analysis of the role of transaction costs in the development and functioning of…    
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/28/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Kenneth A. Shepsle is the George D. Markham Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Politics in Plural Societies: A Theory of Democratic Instability , The Giant Jigsaw Puzzle: Democratic Committee Assignments in the Modern House , Models of Multiparty Electoral Competition , and Making and Breaking Governments . He has edited The Congressional Budget Process: Some Views from the Inside , Political Equilibrium , Perspectives on Positive Political Economy , and Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Government . He has also authored numerous articles on formal political theory, congressional politics, public policy, and political…    

List of contributors
Series editors' preface
Editors' introduction
The New Political Economy
The emerging discipline of political economy
Macropolitical economy in the field of development
Organizations, Transactions, and Opportunities
Bargaining costs, influence costs, and the organization of economic activity
Corporate culture and economic theory
Amenity potential, indivisibilities, and political competition
Reflections on Theoretical Foundations
Political science and rational choice
Institutions and a transaction-cost theory of exchange
The costs of special privilege
Toward a unified view of economics and the other social sciences