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Principled Agents? The Political Economy of Good Government by Timothy Besley - Paperback
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    Category Type
    Economics & Political Sciences
    ISBN
    9780199283910
    Item EAN
    2724445845818
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    Author
    Timothy Besley
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    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Category Type
    Economics & Political Sciences
    ISBN
    9780199283910
    Item EAN
    2724445845818
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    Author
    Timothy Besley
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    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
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    Paperback
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    English
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    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

    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 emphasizes 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.

    Product Features:
    • Category Type: Economics & Political Sciences
    • Author: Timothy Besley
    • ISBN: 9780199283910
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Book Language: English
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Number of Pages: 288 Pages
    • Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.9 x 1.5 cm
    • Weight: 0.36 kg
    • Publication Year: 2008
    • Book Origin: United Kingdom
 

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