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Egoistic Rationality and Public Choice: A Critical Review of Theory and Evidence

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  • Quiggin, John

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Over the past twenty years there has been a rapid develop ment of public-choice theory: that is, the application of an assumpti on of egoistic utility maximization to political behavior. It is argu ed that, in important areas, the available empirical evidence runs co unter to this theory. The continuing work in this area therefore refl ects ideological, rather than explanatory or predictive, concerns. Copyright 1987 by The Economic Society of Australia.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal The Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 63 (1987)
Issue (Month): 180 (March)
Pages: 10-21

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:63:y:1987:i:180:p:10-21

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  1. Gebhard Kirchgässner, 2004. "The Weak Rationality Principle in Economics," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2004 2004-13, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
  2. Blamey, Russell K. & Common, Mick S. & Quiggin, John C., 1995. "Respondents To Contingent Valuation Surveys: Consumers Or Citizens?," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 39(03), December.
  3. Martin, William J., 1990. "Public Choice Theory And Australian Agricultural Policy Reform," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 34(03), December.
  4. Johnson, R.W.M., 1994. "The National Interest, Westminster, And Public Choice," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 38(01), April.
  5. Johnson, R.W.M., 1995. "Modelling Government Processes and Policies in Agriculture: A Review," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 63(03), December.
  6. Scrimgeour, Frank G. & Pasour, E.C., Jr., 1994. "The Public Choice Revolution and New Zealand Farm Policy," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 62(02), August.
  7. Quiggin, John, 2004. "The Y2K Scare: Causes, Costs and Cures," Risk and Sustainable Management Group Working Papers 151503, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  8. Rose, Roger N., 1992. "Changes in native forest management policy," 1992 Conference (36th), February 10-13, 1992, Canberra, Australia 147307, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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