Ethics: Economics, and Politics: Principles of Public Policy

Paperback | November 17, 2004

byI. M. D. Little

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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 politicaldecisions. 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.

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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 politicaldecisions. Any such decision needs a criterion for...

I.M.D. Little is Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was made an Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford in 1999. During his career he has held fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, Trinity College, Oxford, and from 1971-7 was Professor of Economics of Underdeveloped Countries at the University of Oxford. Professor Litt...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:179 pages, 8.46 × 5.28 × 0.39 inPublished:November 17, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Economics and Philosophy1. Personal Utility and Welfare2. Collective Utility and Welfare3. Welfare EconomicsPart II: Politics and Philosophy4. The Role of the State5. Utilitarianism: Theory and Application6. Utilitarianism: Justice and Equality7. Contractarianism8. CommunitarianismPart III: Economics and Politics9. Games, Conventions, and Public Goods10. Positive Political Economy11. Normative Political EconomyPart IV: The Principles of Public Policy12. The Principles of Public Policy