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Public Choice Analysis in Historical Perspective


  • Peacock,Alan


In this volume, Sir Alan Peacock, one of Britain's most noted public economists, poses the question as to whether the history of economic thought is an essential part of the training of public finance economists. He argues that the perspective gained by studying the origins of public choice analysis can offer an important stimulus to scientific progress. The first lecture analyses the increasing popularity in recent years of the modernist, anti-historical point of view. The second criticises those theories of growth in government expenditure which ignore the political process. The third lecture draws on Adam Smith and David Hume to extend the conventional economic model of bureaucracy. In the final lecture, Peacock considers the problem of controlling public sector growth and points to ways of overcoming them. The book ends with short commentaries by seven public economists.

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  • Peacock,Alan, 1997. "Public Choice Analysis in Historical Perspective," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521599764.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:cbooks:9780521599764

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    1. Alan Peacock, 2010. "Public economics and history of economic thought: a personal memoir," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(4), pages 543-557.

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