Currently, in most of the economics that is taught, government decisions are not adequately explained, but are treated as exogenous, or (sometimes), assumed to be determined by considerations of ‘optimality’. The course seeks to develop an understanding of how governments actually use their ‘policy space’ in economic matters, and how they actually respond to expansions (or contractions) in that space.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:
• Appreciate the concept of endogenous economic policy decision s
• Absorb scholarly papers that make use of the fundamentals of the models of ‘political economy’
• Produce simple political economy models
• Discern the political economy angle of concrete policy problems
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Mid Term tests
One date during
2.5 hr exam
End of year
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Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 12 hours a week comprised of:
• 2 hours of lectures and,
• 1 hour of tutorial, and
• 8 hours of private study.
This course requires attendance at lectures and tutorials.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Texts and Other Reading
There is currently no suitable text.
Brennan, Geoffrey and James M Buchanan 1980 The Power to Tax, chs 2,3 and 4, CUP
Brennan G, and Lomasky L 1987, ‘The Impartial Spectator Goes to Washington: towards a Smithian Theory of Electoral Behaviour’ Economics and Philosophy 189-211
Buchanan, J,M. 1975 ‘Constitutional Contract’, in The Limits of Liberty, University of Chicago
Hamlin, A.P. ‘The Political Economy of Constitutional Federalism’, Public Choice, 46(2) 187-195
Niskanen, William A. 1994, Bureaucracy and public economics, Aldershot : Elgar
Olson, Mancur 2000, Power and Prosperity : outgrowing communist and capitalist dictatorships New York : Basic Books
Peltzman, S. 1974 ‘Towards a More General Theory of Regulation’, Journal of Law and Economics, 335-58
Tollison R.D. 1989, ‘Chicago Political Economy’ Public Choice 63, 293-297
Tullock G ‘Efficient Rent Seeking’ in Towards a Theory of the Rent Seeking Society, eds JM Buchanan, RD Tolison and G Tullock
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2744||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|