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Economic and Political Solutions to Social Problems: The Case of Second-hand Smoke in Enclosed Public Places


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  • John Meadowcroft


This article utilises a case study of the problem of second-hand smoke in enclosed public places to examine economic and political solutions to social problems. The responses of economic actors to this problem are examined via review of a number of pre-existing case studies of private arrangements in bars and restaurants prior to the introduction of smoking bans. The responses of political actors are examined via a study of the legislative process that led to the ban on smoking in enclosed public places introduced in England in 2007. This empirical evidence supports the view that economic decision-making leads to a plurality of different accommodations of different preferences, suggestive of inter-subjective learning, whereas political decision-making leads to exclusive, all-or-nothing solutions indicative of an adversarial approach to decision-making and the imposition of one group's preferences on the whole population.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 23 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 233-248

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Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:23:y:2011:i:2:p:233-248

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