ISBN-10:
1849801312
ISBN-13:
9781849801317
Pub. Date:
03/01/2012
Publisher:
Edward Elgar Publishing
Research Handbook on Public Choice and Public Law

Research Handbook on Public Choice and Public Law

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Overview

Public choice theory sheds light on many aspects of legislation, regulation, and constitutional law and is critical to a sophisticated understanding of public policy. The editors of this landmark addition to the law and economics literature have organized the Handbook into four main areas of inquiry: foundations, constitutional law and democracy, administrative design and action, and specific statutory schemes. The original contributions, authored by top scholars in the field, provide helpful introductions to important topics in public choice and public law while also exploring the institutional complexity of American democracy.


Beginning with a critical introduction to the core tenets of public choice theory and concluding with comprehensive analyses of drug safety, energy regulation, and environmental law, the Handbook provides differing points of view on the foundations of these and a range of related subjects, including: direct democracy and its financial implications, the functioning of electoral processes, judicial behavior, and the structural differences between presidential and parliamentary systems. The Handbook’s knowledgeable contributors offer a rich, realistic view of how public policy is made that is accessible to a broad range of readers.


Summarizing much of the key literature in a range of major topics and framing that literature for open debates and further research, the Handbook is ideal for students and scholars of law, political science, and economics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849801317
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Series: Research Handbooks in Law and Economics Series
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Edited by Daniel A. Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law and Anne Joseph O’Connell, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, US

Table of Contents

Contents:


Introduction: A Brief Trajectory of Public Choice and Public Law

Daniel A. Farber and Anne Joseph O’Connell


PART I: FOUNDATIONS

1. Public Law and Public Choice: Critique and Rapprochement

Jerry Mashaw


2. Interest Groups and Public Choice

Steven Croley


3. An Introduction to Social Choice

Maxwell L. Stearns


PART II: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

4. Direct Democracy

Elizabeth Garrett


5. Democracy and Electoral Processes

Samuel Issacharoff and Laura Miller


6. Federalism and Public Choice

Roderick M. Hills, Jr


7. The Judiciary

Tonja Jacobi


8. Public Choice and Constitutional Design

Tom Ginsburg


PART III: AGENCY DESIGN AND ACTION

9. Statutory Interpretation by Agencies

Matthew C. Stephenson


10. Designing Agencies

Jacob E. Gersen


11. Mechanism Choice

Jonathan B. Wiener and Barak D. Richman


PART IV: SPECIFIC STATUTORY SCHEMES

12. Reputation, Information and Confidence: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Regulation

Daniel Carpenter


13. Public Choice, Energy Regulation and Deregulation

Jim Rossi


14. Public Choice and Environmental Policy

Christopher H. Schroeder


Index

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