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The Elgar Companion to Public Choice

Edited by William F. Shughart II, J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice, Utah State University, US and Laura Razzolini, Virginia Commonwealth University, US
This authoritative and encyclopaedic reference work provides a thorough account of the public choice approach to economics and politics. The Companion breaks new ground by joining together the most important issues in the field in a single comprehensive volume. It contains state-of-the-art discussions of both old and contemporary problems, including new work by the founding fathers as well as contributions by a new generation of younger scholars.  
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Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 978 1 85278 540 6
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Public Choice Theory
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Choice
This authoritative and encyclopaedic reference work provides a thorough account of the public choice approach to economics and politics. The Companion breaks new ground by joining together the most important issues in the field in a single comprehensive volume. It contains state-of-the-art discussions of both old and contemporary problems, including new work by the founding fathers as well as contributions by a new generation of younger scholars.  

The book reviews the literature of public choice, highlighting the common ground between all rational choice approaches to politics. It demonstrates the important impact of public choice on economics, political science, philosophy and sociology. It will be an indispensable source of reference for many years to the ideas, analytical methods and empirical research in the field.

The Companion will serve as the standard reference work for all those engaged in the field of public choice and will be essential reading for politicians and policymakers, scholars in political science, public and social choice, as well as graduate students in economics, political science and public administration.
‘. . . this compendium offers a solid introduction into an economic field that is gaining in influence.’
– Detmar Doering, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

‘The first essay in this volume, "Public Choice at the Millennium," by the two editors, sets a high standard for all the essays to follow. . . The essay takes us through the early history of public choice research in a particularly lucid fashion. . . This first article is destined to be a must-read on many reading lists on both graduate and undergraduate courses in political economy. . . . the volume is likely to become a much-used reference tool. . . . for those researchers interested in a comprehensive discussion of the far-reaching literature in this area, and want some provocation in the mix, this is clearly the right choice.’
– Sharon M. Oster, Public Choice

‘Many of the chapters of this handbook will be an indispensable addition to any course reading list in public choice, or public economics. They serve as an excellent complement, integrating diverse lines of thoughts, to the core scholarly writings in the field. The essays are well-written and succeed, admirably, in accomplishing what a handbook must, making difficult and disparate material quite comprehensible to someone who wishes to become acquainted with the area.’
– Harold M. Hochman, Lafayette College, US

‘This is an extremely valuable insiders’ account of what public choice is about. Presented in thirty well-reasoned and documented chapters, the book is a treasure trove for every political economist.’
– Jürgen G. Backhaus, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Contributors: G.M. Anderson, L.R. Anderson, O. Azfar, B.L. Benson, G. Brennan, M.J.G. Cain, K.H. Chang, J.R. Clark, R.D. Congleton, W.M. Crain, A.B. Davidson, L. De Alessi, R.B. Ekelund, Jr., R.J.P. de Figueiredo, Jr., K.B. Grier, A. Hamlin, R.G. Holcombe, D.R. Lee, F.S. McChesney, R.E. McCormick, W.C. Mitchell, M.C. Munger, W.A. Niskanen, L. Razzolini, C.K. Rowley, P.H. Rubin, T.R. Sass, G.W. Scully, W.F. Shughart II, R.D. Tollison, M. Toma, G. Tullock, C.S. Turner, R.E. Wagner, B.R. Weingast, B. Yandle
Contents: Preface Introduction: Public Choice at the Millennium Part I: Methodology Part II: The Constitutional Framework Part III: Institutions and Mechanisms of Collective Choice Part IV: Public Choice Perspectives on Government and the Economy Part V: The Public Choice Revolution References Index