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Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Vol. 2: Politics

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  • Torsten Persson
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    (Stockholm University)

  • Guido Tabellini
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    (Bocconi University)

Abstract

How will the private sector react to different governmental policies? What policies will produce the most desirable outcomes? These two volumes bring together major contributions to a new theory of macroeconomic policy that analyzes which policies are credible or politically feasible, topics that are central to the practical policy debate but that traditional theory cannot address. Instead of looking at policy as an end product, the contributors approach policy as an ongoing process of revised goals, changes in tactics, and political pressures. They consider what kinds of incentives, within different institutional settings, drive policymaking and the behavior of policymakers. This approach allows more informed answers to questions of which policies are credible and which are politically feasible. It explains why certain monetary and fiscal policies get implemented, and provides insights into situations that occur repeatedly in macroeconomic policy such as the bias toward government deficits, partisan competition, and central bank independence. Volume 1 examines problems of policy credibility caused by incentives to deviate from announced policy. Volume 2 looks at feasibility problems caused by political pressures generated by the electoral process, the politics of the public debt, issues of the redistribution of wealth, and conflict over the need for economic reforms. Sections are arranged so that the first chapter introduces a topic while those that follow expand on it. The editors provide substantial introductions to each volume as well as short comments at the beginning of each section within the volumes.

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  • Torsten Persson & Guido Tabellini (ed.), 1994. "Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Vol. 2: Politics," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262660881, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262660881
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    Cited by:

    1. Silvia Marchesi & Laura Sabani & Axel Dreher, 2009. "Agency and Communication in IMF Conditional Lending: Theory and Empirical Evidence," Working Papers 79, Sapienza University of Rome, CIDEI.
    2. Daniel Castellanos, 2004. "Algunas causas y remedios del déficit presupuestal," Ensayos sobre Política Económica, Banco de la Republica de Colombia, vol. 22(46-2), pages 358-448, Diciembre.
    3. van Lelyveld, Iman, 1999. "Inflation or unemployment? Who cares?," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 463-484, September.

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    Keywords

    macroeconomic policy; political pressures;

    JEL classification:

    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government

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