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Perspectives on Positive Political Economy

Perspectives on Positive Political Economy

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Part of Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

James E. Alt, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Peter C. Ordeshook, Robert H. Bates, Paul Milgrom, John Roberts, David M. Kreps, Harold Demsetz, William H. Riker, Douglas C. North, Gordon Tullock, Mancur Olson
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  • Date Published: September 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521398510

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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 political and economic institutions. Developments in all of these areas are covered in the book. In the first part of the book, two chapters are devoted to explaining the evolution of the positive political economy approach; the first chapter focusing on microfoundations and the second on macrophenomena. In the second part of the book, three chapters demonstrate applications of the approach to the analysis of various forms of economic and political organizations. In the concluding section, four chapters discuss the research programs that have developed out of four different focuses of analysis: individual decision, exchange transactions, rent-seeking and indivisibilities.

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    "Unlike most edited volumes, this works as a collection. There are no clinkers, no weak contributors and no weak contributions....PPE is distinct from both political science and economics, not so much because those disciplines are unable to address the questions of interest, but because they have chosen not to." Michael C. Munger, The Southern Economic Journal

    "The book is a must for libraries and will find its way into many a scholar's personal library." Journal of Economic Literature

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    • Date Published: September 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521398510
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Series editors' preface
    Acknowledgements
    Editors' introduction James E. Alt and Kenneth A. Shepsle
    Part I. The New Political Economy:
    1. The emerging discipline of political economy Peter C. Ordeshook
    2. Macropolitical economy in the field of development Robert H. Bates
    Part II. Organizations, Transactions, and Opportunities:
    3. Bargaining costs, influence costs, and the organization of economic activity Paul Milgrom and John Roberts
    4. Corporate culture and economic theory David M. Kreps
    5. Amenity potential, indivisibilities, and political competition Harold Demsetz
    Part III. Reflections on Theoretical Foundations:
    6. Political science and rational choice William H. Riker
    7. Institutions and a transaction-cost theory of exchange Douglas C. North
    8. The costs of special privilege Gordon Tullock
    9. Toward a unified view of economics and the other social sciences Mancur Olson
    Notes
    References
    Index.

  • Editors

    James E. Alt, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Kenneth A. Shepsle, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Contributors

    James E. Alt, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Peter C. Ordeshook, Robert H. Bates, Paul Milgrom, John Roberts, David M. Kreps, Harold Demsetz, William H. Riker, Douglas C. North, Gordon Tullock, Mancur Olson

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