The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Paperback | July 19, 2008

byBarry R. Weingast, Donald Wittman

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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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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 economic...

Barry R. Weingast is Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science, Stanford University. Donald Wittman is a Professor of Economics at University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1112 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.77 inPublished:July 19, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Barry R Weingast and Donald Wittman: Introduction: The Nature of Political EconomyI. VOTERS, CANDIDATES, AND PRESSURE GROUPS1. Stephen Ansolabehere: Overview: Voters, Candidates, and Parties2. Andrea Prat: Rational Voters and Political Advertising3. John Duggan: Candidate Objectives and Electoral Equilibrium4. John Londregan: Political Income Redistribution5. Bernard Grofman: The Impact of Electoral Laws on Political PartiesII. LEGISLATIVE BODIES6. Michael Laver: Overview: Legislatures and Parliaments in Comparative Context7. Gary Cox: The Organization of Democratic Legislatures8. Daniel Diermeier: Coalition Governments9. Nolan McCarty and Michael Cutrone: BicameralismIII. INTERACTION OF THE LEGISLATURE, PRESIDENT, BUREAUCRACY AND THE COURTS10. Rui De Figueiredo, Tonja Jacobi, and Barry R Weingast: Overview: Separation of Power11. Keith Krebiel: Pivotal Politics12. Charles Cameron: Presidential Agenda Control13. John Huber and Charles Shipan: Politics, Delegation, and Bureaucracy14. Mathew McCubbins: The JudiciaryIV. CONSTITUTIONAL THEORY15. Russell Hardin: Overview: Constitutionalism16. Adam Przeworski: Self-Enforcing Democracy17. Geoffrey Brennan and Alan Hamlin: Constitutins as Expressive Documents18. Richard Epstein: The Protection of Liberty, Property, and Equality19. Jonathan Rodden: FederalismV. SOCIAL CHOICE20. Herve Moulin: Overview: Social Choice21. Donald Saari: A Toolkit for Voting Theory22. Charles Blackorby and Walter Bossert: Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being23. Steven Brams: Fair DivisionVI. PUBLIC FINANCE AND PUBLIC ECONOMICS24. Walter Hettich and Stanley Winer: Overview: Structure and Coherence in the Political Economy of Public Finance25. Juergen von Hagen: Fiscal Institutions26. John Ledyard: Voting and Efficient Public Good Mechanisms27. David Wildasin: Fiscal CompetitionVII. POLITICS AND MACROECONOMICS28. Susanne Lohmann: Overview:The Nonpolitics of Monetary Policy29. Robert Franzese: Political Business Cycles30. Douglas Hibbs: Voting and the Macroeconomy31. Lawrence Broz and Jeffry Frieden: The Political Economy of Exchange RatesVIII. DEMOCRACY AND CAPITALISM32. Torben Iverson: Overview: Democracy and Capitalism33. Edward Glaeser: Inequality34. Anne Wren: Comparative Perspectives on the Place of the State in the Economy35. Anna Grzymala and Pauline Jones-Loung: DemocratizationIX. HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT AND NON-DEMOCRATIC REGIMES36. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson: Overview37. Stephen Haber: Authoritarian Regimes38. Bob Bates: The Developmental State39. Torsten Persson and Guido Tabellini: Constitutional Design and Economic Performance40. Anthony Venables: Economic GeogrpahyX. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY41. David Lake: Overview: International Political Economy: A Maturing Discipline42. Enrico Spolaore: National Borders and the Size of Nations43. Barry Eichengreen: European Integration44. Ronald Rogowski: Trade, Immigration, and Cross-Border InvestmentXI. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CONFLICT45. Bueno de Mesquita: Overview: Central Issues in the Study of International Conflict46. James Fearon: Ethnic Mobilization and Ethnic Conflict47. Allan Stam and Dan Reiter: Democracy, Peace, and War48. Stergios Skepardas: AnarchyXII. METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES49. David Austen-Smith: Economic Methods in Positive Political Theory50. Thomas Palfrey: Experiments in Political Economy51. Richard Swedberg: The Toolkit of Economic Sociology52. Samuel Bowles and Herb Gintis: The Evolutionary Basis of Collective ActionXIII. OLD and NEW53. Kenneth Arrow: Questions About a Paradox: Are There Answers?54. James Buchanan: Politics and Social Inquiry: Retrospective on a Half Century55. Melvin Hinich: The Future of Analytic Politics56. John Roemer: Modeling Party Competition in General Elections57. Kenneth Shepsle: Old Questions and New Answers about Institutions: The Riker Objection Revisited58. Douglass C. North: What's Missing from Political Economy?

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`'The thoughtful essays in the Handbooks are far more than literature reviews. Scholars and students will find them to be a valusable resource for many years to come.''Morris P. Fiorina, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Wendt Family Professor of Political Science, Stanford Univeristy.