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Modeling Politics with Economics Tools: A Critical Survey of the Literature

Author/Editor: Olters, Jan-Peter
Authorized for Distribution: January 1, 2001
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Summary: Whereas the economics discipline possesses a highly refined theoretical apparatus to analyze the effects of government behaviour on the economy, it has not (yet) managed to fully develop a positively formulated "economic theory of politics" that would permit the integration of the decision-making processes of voters, parties and governments with those of consumers and firms. Considerable recent advances notwithstanding, the large and heterogeneous body of literature has (so far) remained outside the economic mainstrain. The paper surveys the main approaches used to endogenize democratic elements and assesses the underlying reasons for researchers' renewed interest in this field.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 01/10
Subject(s): Economic policy | Public sector | Business cycles | Economic models
Author's keyword(s): Endogenous politics | political business cycles | optimal government behavior
 
English  
    Published:   January 1, 2001        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA0102001   Pages:   63
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