The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Political Science - 1093 pages
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TheOxford Handbooks of Political Science is a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. Each volume focuses on a particular part of the discipline, with volumes on Public Policy, Political Theory, PoliticalEconomy, Contextual Political Analysis, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Law and Politics, Political Behavior, Political Institutions, and Political Methodology. The project as a whole is under the General Editorship of Robert E. Goodin, with each volume being edited by a distinguishedinternational group of specialists in their respective fields. The books set out not just to report on the discipline, but to shape it. The series will be an indispensable point of reference for anyone working in political science and adjacent disciplines.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; the study ofthe 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 political economy asa 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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Contents

The Reach of Political Economy
3
VOTERS CANDIDATES
27
Rational Voters and Political Advertising
50
Candidate Objectives and Electoral Equilibrium
64
Political Income Redistribution
84
The Impact of Electoral Laws on Political Parties
102
Legislatures and Parliaments in Comparative Context
121
The Organization of Democratic Legislatures
141
Voting and the Macroeconomy
565
The Political Economy of Exchange Rates
587
Capitalism and Democracy
601
Inequality
624
Comparative Perspectives on the Role of the State in the Economy
642
PostCommunist Implications
656
HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE
671
Authoritarian Government
693

Coalition Government
162
Does Bicameralism Matter?
180
INTERACTION OF THE LEGISLATURE
197
Pivots
223
The Political Economy of the US Presidency
241
Politics Delegation and Bureaucracy
256
The Judiciary and the Role of Law
273
Constitutionalism
289
SelfEnforcing Democracy
312
Constitutions as Expressive Documents
329
The Protection of Liberty Property and Equality
342
Federalism
357
Social Choice
373
A Tool Kit for Voting Theory
390
Interpersonal Comparisons of WellBeing
408
Fair Division
425
PUBLIC FINANCE
439
Political Economy of Fiscal Institutions
464
Voting and Efficient Public Good Mechanisms
479
Fiscal Competition
502
The NonPolitics of Monetary Policy
523
PoliticalEconomic Cycles
545
The Role of the State in Development
708
Electoral Systems and Economic Policy
723
Economic Geography
739
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
755
National Borders and the Size of Nations
778
European Integration
799
Trade Immigration and CrossBorder Investment
814
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
829
Ethnic Mobilization and Ethnic Violence
852
Democracy Peace and War
869
Anarchy
881
Economic Methods in Positive Political Theory
899
Laboratory Experiments
915
The Tool Kit of Economic Sociology
937
The Evolutionary Basis of Collective Action
951
Questions about a Paradox
971
Retrospective on a Halfcentury
980
The Future of Analytical Politics
996
Modeling Party Competition in General Elections
1010
Index
1050
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Barry R. Weingast is at Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science, Stanford University Stanford University. Donald Wittman is at Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz.

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