• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Appreciate the concept of endogenous economic policy decisions
  2. Absorb scholarly papers that make use of the fundamentals of the models of ‘political economy’
  3. Produce simple political economy models
  4. Discern the political economy angle of concrete policy problems

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid Term Tests (15) [LO null]
  2. Written Assignment (15) [LO null]
  3. Graduate Seminar (10) [LO null]
  4. Examination (60) [LO null]

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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

- 1 hours of graduate seminar,,


- 7 hours of private study.

This course requires attendance at lecture, tutorials and the seminar.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed, or have concurrent enrolment in ECON7073.

Prescribed Texts

Texts and Other Reading

Prescribed Texts

There is currently no suitable text.

Recommended Reading

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


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
2022 $4440 Standard Rate
2022 $3510 Grandfathered Rate*

*continuing students in nominated programs only. See fee website

International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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