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The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy


  • Weingast, Barry R.

    (Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science, Stanford University Stanford University)

  • Wittman, Donald

    (Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz)


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 of the 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 as a 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, parties and pressure groups, macroeconomics and politics, capitalism and democracy, and international political economy and international conflict. Contributors to this volume - Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stephen Ansolabehere, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kenneth Arrow, Stanford University David Austen-Smith, Northwestern University Bob Bates, Harvard University Charles Blackorby, University of Warwick Walter Bossert, University of Warwick Samuel Bowles, Santa Fe Institute Steven Brams. New York University Geoffrey Brennan, Australian National University Lawrence Broz, University of California, San Diego James Buchanan, George Mason University Charles Cameron, Columbia University Gary Cox, University of California, San Diego Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Rui De Figueiredo, University of California, Berkeley Bueno de Mesquita, Stanford University Daniel Diermeier, Northwestern University John Duggan, Rochester University Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley James Fearon, Stanford University Robert Franzese, University of Michigan Jeffry Frieden, Harvard University Herb Gintis, Santa Fe Institute Edward Glaeser, Harvard University Bernard Grofman, University of California, Irvine Anna Grzymala, Yale University Stephen Haber, Stanford University Alan Hamlin, University of Southampton Russell Hardin, New York University Walter Hettich, California State University, Fullerton Douglas Hibbs, University of Gothenburg Melvin Hinich, University of Texas at Austin John Huber, Columbia University Torben Iverson, Harvard University Tonja Jacobi, Stanford University Pauline Jones-Loung, Yale University Keith Krebiel, Stanford University David Lake, University of California, San Diego Michael Laver, Trinity College, Dublin John Ledyard, California Institute of Technology Susanne Lohmann, University of California, Los Angeles John Londregan, Princeton University Isabela Mares, Stanford University Nolan McCarty, Princeton University Mathew McCubbins, University of California, San Diego Herve Moulin, Rice University Peter Ordeshook, California Institute of Technology Thomas Palfrey, California Institute of Technology Torsten Persson, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm Andrea Prat, London School of Economics Adam Przeworski, New York University Dan Reiter, Emory University James Robinson, University of California, Berkeley Jonathan Rodden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology John E. Roemer, Yale University Ronald Rogowski, University of California, Los Angeles Donald Saari, University of California, Irvine Kenneth Shepsle, Harvard University Charles Shipan, University of Iowa Stergios Skepardas, University of California, Irvine Enrico Spolaore, Tufts University Allan Stam, Dartmouth College Richard Swedberg, Cornell University Guido Tabellini, Universita Bocconi Anthony Venables, London School of Economics Juergen von Hagen. University of Bonn Barry R Weingast, Stanford University David Wildasin, University of Kentucky Stanley Winer, Carelton University Donald Wittman, University of California, Santa Cruz Anne Wren, Stanford University

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  • Weingast, Barry R. & Wittman, Donald, 2008. "The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199548477, Decembrie.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199548477

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