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Bureaucracy And Public Economics

Bureaucracy And Public Economics

William A. Niskanen

The late William A. Niskanen, formerly Chairman, The Cato Institute, US

1994 320 pp Hardback 978 1 85898 019 5
1996 Paperback 978 1 85898 041 6

Hardback £73.00 on-line price £65.70

Paperback £31.00 on-line price £24.80

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Series: The Locke Institute series






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‘Edward Elgar are to be commended for making Niskanen’s important and highly topical contributions more readily available to a new generation of scholars and enabling some less well-stocked libraries to fill an important gap in their collections.’
– Stuart Sayer, The Economic Journal

‘This useful and thought-provoking volume brings together all of the author’s major contributions to this field.’
– Aslib Book Guide

Bureaucracy and Public Economics brings together in one volume the classic book and related articles which put forward the first formal economic theory of the behaviour of bureaucracies.

William Niskanen Jr. has consistently argued that bureaucrats have personal objectives – that differ from those of both their political supervisors and the general public – which they further by use of their monopoly power. He develops his argument to contend that government budgets have become too large and should be curtailed. All of Professor Niskanen’s major contributions to this field have been brought together in this one volume including his pioneering article on ‘The Peculiar Economics of Bureaucracy’, the full text of the book ‘Bureaucracy and Representative Government’ and his recent reassessment of the larger body of scholarship on the economics of bureaucracy.

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Bureaucracy and Public Economics brings together in one volume the classic book and related articles which put forward the first formal economic theory of the behaviour of bureaucracies.

William Niskanen Jr. has consistently argued that bureaucrats have personal objectives – that differ from those of both their political supervisors and the general public – which they further by use of their monopoly power. He develops his argument to contend that government budgets have become too large and should be curtailed. All of Professor Niskanen’s major contributions to this field have been brought together in this one volume including his pioneering article on ‘The Peculiar Economics of Bureaucracy’, the full text of the book ‘Bureaucracy and Representative Government’ and his recent reassessment of the larger body of scholarship on the economics of bureaucracy.

Scholars, students and teachers of public economics will welcome this volume which, by making some of the key contributions in the field more widely accessible, will provoke discussion, debate and further research.



 
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