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Politics, Selection and the Public Interest; Besley's benevolent despot

Brennan, H Geoffrey


This paper is an assessment of Besley's attempt to orchestrate a rapprochement between public choice theory and conventional public economics-with its characteristic normative orientation towards public policy. In this paper, I first try to set the Besley enterprise in the context of earlier work-focussing on my own work with Buchanan (The Power to Tax and The Reason of Rules). I then direct attention to three aspects of the Besley enterprise: whether selecting for competence depends on having...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Review of Austrian Economics
DOI: 10.1007/s11138-009-0072-x


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