Principled Agents

Author: Timothy Besley
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199271504
Release Date: 2006-06-15
Genre: Business & Economics

What is good government? Why do some governments fail? How do you implement political accountability in practice? What incentives do you need to put in place to ensure that politicians and public servants act in the public interest and not their own? These questions and many more are addressed in Timothy Besley's intriguing Lindahl lectures. Economic analyses of government usually divide into two broad camps. One which emphasizes government as a force for public good that can regulate markets, distribute resources and generally work towards improving the lives of its citizens. The other sees government as driven by private interests, susceptible to those with the power to influence its decisions and failing to incentivize its officials to act for the greater public good. This book adopts a middle way between the two extremes, the Publius approach, which recognizes the potential for government to act for the public good but also accepts the fact that things often go wrong. It shares the view that there are certain institutional preconditions for effective government but then proceed to examine exactly what those preconditions are. Timothy Besley emphasises that it is not just about designing an appropriate institutional framework but also about understanding the way incentives work and the process by which the political class is selected.

Handbook of Multilevel Finance

Author: Ehtisham Ahmad
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 9780857932297
Release Date: 2015-02-27
Genre: Business & Economics

This Handbook explores and explains new developments in the _second generation‘ theory of public finance, in which benevolent rulers and governments have been replaced by personally motivated politicians and the associated institutions. Following a com

Drivers of Corruption

Author: Tina Søreide
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 9781464804021
Release Date: 2014-10-15
Genre: Law

This report provides an overview of arguments explaining the risk of corruption. Corrupt acts are subject to decision making authority and assets available for grabbing. These assets can be stolen, created by artificial shortage, or become available as the result of a market failure. Assets that are especially exposed to corruption include profits from the private sector, revenues from the export of natural resources, aid and loans, and the proceeds of crime. Whether or not opportunities for corruption are exploited depends on the individuals involved, the institution or society they are part of, and the law enforcement circumstances. Corruption usually persists in situations in which players are aware of the facts but nonetheless condone the practice. Absence of reaction can result from information asymmetries (in which the people who are supposed to act are not aware of the need to act), coordination failure, patronage-determined loyalty, and incentive problems at the political level. This review of results and insights from different parts of the scholarly literature on corruption focuses on areas where research can guide anticorruption policy. The report also describes a number of corruption-related challenges in need of more attention from researchers.

Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 131 2004 Lectures

Publisher: Proceedings of the British Aca
ISBN: 0197263518
Release Date: 2005-12-22
Genre: Business & Economics

The topical issues debated in this volume include the patenting of AIDS drugs, the future pensions crisis, Britain's universities, and Pan-Islam.There are studies of Shakespeare, Pope, Montaigne, Robert Graves, and William Faulkner. And there are lectures on the Inquisition, empires in history, and the journey towards spiritual fulfilment.

Essays on the Political Economy of Corruption and Environmental Regulation in Brazil

Author: Claudio Ferraz do Amaral
ISBN: UCAL:C3507739
Release Date: 2006

The asymmetry of information between voters and policymakers is a central feature of the political process. Voters do not observe politicians' actions and their interests are not always aligned with politicians objectives. Hence, elections play an important role by making politicians accountable for poor performance. However, political accountability might also induce distortions if policymakers adopt excessively popular policies near election periods. This thesis examines the relationship between political incentives, corruption, and the implementation of regulatory policies using a framework from political agency models and unique datasets on municipal corruption and environmental regulation from Brazil.

Losing Control

Author: Stephen D. King
ISBN: NWU:35556040525206
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Business & Economics

Argues that the future will bring major redistribution of wealth and power around the world, which will result in social and political consequences in the United States and Europe, when the population that is accustomed to living in prosperity must stop living beyond their means.


ISBN: IND:30000116097399
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Humanities

The Journal of Political Economy

ISBN: UCSD:31822035037456
Release Date: 1892
Genre: Economics

Deals with research and scholarship in economic theory. Presents analytical, interpretive, and empirical studies in the areas of monetary theory, fiscal policy, labor economics, planning and development, micro- and macroeconomic theory, international trade and finance, and industrial organization. Also covers interdisciplinary fields such as history of economic thought and social economics.

Kohl Schr der Merkel

Author: Gerd Langguth
ISBN: UOM:39015080708665
Release Date: 2009-05-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The American Economic Review

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131538741
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Economics

Includes annual List of doctoral dissertations in political economy in progress in American universities and colleges; and the Hand book of the American Economic Association.

Politische Philosophie heute

Author: Will Kymlicka
ISBN: 3593358913
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Political science

Eine grundlegende und umfassende Einführung in die modernen Strömungen der politischen Philosophie: Utilitarismus, Liberalismus, Libertarismus, Marxismus, Kommunitarismus und Feminismus.