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Politics as a Peculiar Business - Insights from a Theory of Entangled Political Economy (Paperback): Richard E. Wagner Politics as a Peculiar Business - Insights from a Theory of Entangled Political Economy (Paperback)
Richard E. Wagner
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Economists typically treat government as something outside the business realm, a sort of `Lord of the Manor'. Richard Wagner argues that this is the wrong approach and can ultimately be destructive to capitalism and to society. Modern governments are a peculiar form of business enterprise. They face the same problems as regular businesses, such as ascertaining demand and organizing production, and act within the system in a way that can lead to a parasitical relationship with the market. Largely rooted in political economy, this book develops new theoretical ideas and formulations to explain why democracy is a difficult form of government to maintain. The author explores how and why limited governments can morph into a system of destructive politics, and looks at ways to escape this process. This dynamic book will be useful for public choice scholars, economists, political scientists, and lawyers who are interested in political economy in its various guises.

Politics as a Peculiar Business - Insights from a Theory of Entangled Political Economy (Hardcover): Richard E. Wagner Politics as a Peculiar Business - Insights from a Theory of Entangled Political Economy (Hardcover)
Richard E. Wagner
R1,946 Discovery Miles 19 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Economists typically treat government as something outside the business realm, a sort of `Lord of the Manor'. Richard Wagner argues that this is the wrong approach and can ultimately be destructive to capitalism and to society. Modern governments are a peculiar form of business enterprise. They face the same problems as regular businesses, such as ascertaining demand and organizing production, and act within the system in a way that can lead to a parasitical relationship with the market. Largely rooted in political economy, this book develops new theoretical ideas and formulations to explain why democracy is a difficult form of government to maintain. The author explores how and why limited governments can morph into a system of destructive politics, and looks at ways to escape this process. This dynamic book will be useful for public choice scholars, economists, political scientists, and lawyers who are interested in political economy in its various guises.

Deficits, Debt, and Democracy - Wrestling with Tragedy on the Fiscal Commons (Hardcover): Richard E. Wagner Deficits, Debt, and Democracy - Wrestling with Tragedy on the Fiscal Commons (Hardcover)
Richard E. Wagner
R1,823 Discovery Miles 18 230 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This timely book reveals that the budget deficits and accumulating debts that plague modern democracies reflect a clash between two rationalities of governance: one of private property and one of common property. The clashing of these rationalities at various places in society creates forms of societal tectonics that play out through budgeting. The book demonstrates that while this clash is an inherent feature of democratic political economy, it can nonetheless be limited through embracing once again a constitution of liberty. Not all commons settings have tragic outcomes, of course, but tragic outcomes loom large in democratic processes because they entail conflict between two very different forms of substantive rationality; the political and market rationalities. These are both orders that contain interactions among participants, but the institutional frameworks that govern those interactions differ, generating democratic budgetary tragedies. Those tragedies, moreover, are inherent in the conflict between the different rationalities and so cannot be eliminated. They can, as this book argues, be reduced by restoring a constitution of liberty in place of the constitution of control that has taken shape throughout the west over the past century. Economists interested in public finance, public policy and political economy along with scholars of political science, public administration, law and political philosophy will find this book intriguing.

Fiscal Sociology and the Theory of Public Finance - An Exploratory Essay (Paperback): Richard E. Wagner Fiscal Sociology and the Theory of Public Finance - An Exploratory Essay (Paperback)
Richard E. Wagner
R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book advances a social-theoretic treatment of public finance, which contrasts with the typical treatment of government as an agent of intervention into a market economy. To start, Richard Wagner construes government not as an agent but as a polycentric process of interaction, just as is a market economy. The theory of markets and the theory of public finance are thus construed as complementary components of a broader endeavor of social theorizing, with both seeking to provide insight into the emergence of generally coordinated relationships within society. The author places analytical focus on emergent processes of development rather than on states of equilibrium, and with much of that development set in motion by conflict among people and their plans. Some of the book's defining characteristics include: * Budgets emerge through organizationally constituted political entrepreneurship * Government is construed as a process of interaction and participation and not as a unitary entity of intervention * Government and markets are incorporated into a unified theory of property which is traced to human nature and its requirements for both autonomy and solidarity. Richard Wagner's book will be of interest to researchers in public finance, public choice, Austrian economics, political science and public policy.

Fiscal Sociology and the Theory of Public Finance - An Exploratory Essay (Hardcover): Richard E. Wagner Fiscal Sociology and the Theory of Public Finance - An Exploratory Essay (Hardcover)
Richard E. Wagner
R1,992 Discovery Miles 19 920 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book advances a social-theoretic treatment of public finance, which contrasts with the typical treatment of government as an agent of intervention into a market economy. To start, Richard Wagner construes government not as an agent but as a polycentric process of interaction, just as is a market economy. The theory of markets and the theory of public finance are thus construed as complementary components of a broader endeavor of social theorizing, with both seeking to provide insight into the emergence of generally coordinated relationships within society. The author places analytical focus on emergent processes of development rather than on states of equilibrium, and with much of that development set in motion by conflict among people and their plans. Some of the book's defining characteristics include: * Budgets emerge through organizationally constituted political entrepreneurship * Government is construed as a process of interaction and participation and not as a unitary entity of intervention * Government and markets are incorporated into a unified theory of property which is traced to human nature and its requirements for both autonomy and solidarity. Richard Wagner's book will be of interest to researchers in public finance, public choice, Austrian economics, political science and public policy.

Charging for Government - User charges and earmarked taxes in principle and practice (Hardcover): Richard E. Wagner Charging for Government - User charges and earmarked taxes in principle and practice (Hardcover)
Richard E. Wagner
R2,536 Discovery Miles 25 360 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Originally published in 1991, user charges and earmarked taxes are methods by which people pay directly for the services they recieve from government. As such they are frequently supported by those who oppose increased taxation, who argue that they are more like market transactions than traditional forms of taxation. This book explores the cogency of these arguments in the light of public choice analyses of political processes.

Limiting Leviathan (Hardcover): Donald P. Racheter, Richard E. Wagner Limiting Leviathan (Hardcover)
Donald P. Racheter, Richard E. Wagner
R2,410 Discovery Miles 24 100 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The enormous growth of the state occurring over much of this century has led the authors of this book to re-examine the proper relationship between the American people and their government. The authors first analyse the case for limiting governmental power and discuss which limits are appropriate, including tax and regulatory limits and electoral, congressional term and constitutional limits. They also examine possible auxiliary sources of state limitation, such as technological and economic limitations, informal order and lessons to be learned from local government. In sum, this book provides a seminal analysis of the necessity of limiting state power in order to preserve human rights. Limiting Leviathan will be a valuable reference point for scholars of public choice and government institutions.

Charging for Government - User charges and earmarked taxes in principle and practice (Paperback): Richard E. Wagner Charging for Government - User charges and earmarked taxes in principle and practice (Paperback)
Richard E. Wagner
R705 Discovery Miles 7 050 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Originally published in 1991, user charges and earmarked taxes are methods by which people pay directly for the services they recieve from government. As such they are frequently supported by those who oppose increased taxation, who argue that they are more like market transactions than traditional forms of taxation. This book explores the cogency of these arguments in the light of public choice analyses of political processes.

Elements in Austrian Economics - Public Debt as a Form of Public Finance: Overcoming a Category Mistake and its Vices... Elements in Austrian Economics - Public Debt as a Form of Public Finance: Overcoming a Category Mistake and its Vices (Paperback)
Richard E. Wagner
R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Economists commit a category mistake when they treat democratic governments as indebted. Monarchs can be indebted, as can individuals. In contrast, democracies can't truly be indebted. They are financial intermediaries that form a bridge between what are often willing borrowers and forced lenders. The language of public debt is an ideological language that promotes politically expressed desires and is not a scientific language that clarifies the practice of public finance. Economists have gone astray by assuming that a government is just another person whose impulses toward prudent action will restrict recourse to public debt and induce rational political action.

James M. Buchanan and Liberal Political Economy - A Rational Reconstruction (Paperback): Richard E. Wagner James M. Buchanan and Liberal Political Economy - A Rational Reconstruction (Paperback)
Richard E. Wagner
R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

James M. Buchanan and Liberal Political Economy: A Rational Reconstruction examines the contemporary meaning and significance of James M. Buchanan's body of work. The book uses Buchanan's past contributions to explore the present and future relevance of his scholarly contributions and insights. It seeks mainly to explain what insight for their work contemporary scholars might acquire by becoming familiar with some of Buchanan's formulations. Buchanan was one of the most creative and prolific scholars of political economy during the post-war period. Not only was his body of work so immense that it could not be contained within 20 volumes of Collected Works, but also Buchanan's scholarship made such strong contact with law, ethics, and political science that he could easily have served as a poster-child for the programs in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics which have been gaining momentum in recent years. Buchanan spoke for a style of economics that made wide and firm contact with the full range of the humane studies. This book emphasizes those features of Buchanan's thought that seem relevant for contemporary scholarship within the broadly liberal tradition of political economy.

Debt Default and Democracy (Hardcover): Giuseppe Eusepi, Richard E. Wagner Debt Default and Democracy (Hardcover)
Giuseppe Eusepi, Richard E. Wagner
R1,825 Discovery Miles 18 250 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The original chapters in this book connect the microeconomic and macroeconomic approaches to public debt. Through their thought-provoking views, leading scholars offer insights into the incentives that individuals and governments may have in resorting to public debt, thereby promoting a clearer understanding of its economic consequences. The authors explore public debt along two distinct but complementary analytical paths. One path concerns microeconomic aspects of public debt as it emerges through budgetary processes where individuals respond to the costs and gains of different courses of action. The other concerns the systemic properties of rational individuals acting within a democratic system of political economy. Within this scheme of thought, the two levels of analysis are integrated by recognition that efforts to control macro-level outcomes must address the micro-level circumstances and conditions that promote public debt as systemic budgetary outcomes. Scholars and students, as well as policy makers in public debt and political economy, will find this critical resource invaluable to understanding this vital issue.

Public Debt - An Illusion of Democratic Political Economy (Hardcover): Giuseppe Eusepi, Richard E. Wagner Public Debt - An Illusion of Democratic Political Economy (Hardcover)
Giuseppe Eusepi, Richard E. Wagner
R1,822 Discovery Miles 18 220 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Over the past few decades, economists have witnessed with growing uneasiness their failure to explain the ballooning of public debt in most countries. Using methodological individualism and micro-economics, this book overcomes flaws inherent in the standard macro approach, according to which governments manipulate public debt to promote systemic stability. This unique analysis is grounded in the writings of Antonio de Viti de Marco, injecting current analytical contributions and formulations into the framework to offer a forthright insight into public debt and political economy. Public Debt provides an alternative orientation that explains why concepts of public debt that are relevant for authoritarian regimes are not relevant for democratic regimes. It examines public debt in cooperative and monopolistic democracies as well as the corrupting quality of public debt in democracy. Including topics such as macro guidance within a Machiavellian approach, public debt as systemic lying and as a shell game, economy as an ecology vs. economy as an engine, individual vs. group action and cooperative state as ideal type, this book is a unique and refreshing approach to the material. This comprehensive and cohesive sourcebook will serve as a critical resource for academics interested in public debt and political economy.

The Democracy in Deficit - The Political Legacy of Lord Keynes (Paperback): James M. Buchanan, Richard E. Wagner The Democracy in Deficit - The Political Legacy of Lord Keynes (Paperback)
James M. Buchanan, Richard E. Wagner
R263 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R41 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Democracy in Deficit" is one of the early comprehensive attempts to apply the basic principles of public-choice analysis to macroeconomic theory and policy.
According to Robert D. Tollison in the foreword, "The central purpose of the book was to examine the simple precepts of Keynesian economics through the lens of public-choice theory. The basic discovery was that Keynesian economics had a bias toward deficits in terms of political self-interest."
"Democracy in Deficit" opened the door for much of the current work on political business cycles and the incorporation of public-choice considerations into macroeconomic theory. Even in the area of monetarism, Buchanan's landmark work has greatly influenced the sway of contemporary theorists away from the nearly universally held belief of Keynesian theory.
"Democracy in Deficit" contributes greatly to Buchanan's lifelong fiscal and monetary rules to guide long-term policy in macroeconomics. The book serves to bolster Buchanan's central beliefs in the necessity of a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and in monetary rules rather than central bank discretion.
The book is co-authored with Richard Wagner, a respected colleague of Buchanan, whom Buchanan recognized as helping to keep the book free of polemics and on target with its central purpose of applying the elementary theory of public choice.
James M. Buchanan is an eminent economist who won the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1986 and is considered one of the greatest scholars of liberty in the twentieth century.
The entire series will include:
Volume 1 "The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty"
Volume 2 "Public Principles of Public Debt "
Volume 3 "The Calculus of Consent "
Volume 4 "Public Finance in Democratic Process"
Volume 5 "The Demand and Supply of Public Goods"
Volume 6 "Cost and Choice"
Volume 7 "The Limits of Liberty"
Volume 8 "Democracy in Deficit"
Volume 9 "The Power to Tax"
Volume 10 "The Reason of Rules"
Volume 11 "Politics by Principle, Not Interest"
Volume 12 "Economic Inquiry and Its Logic"
Volume 13 "Politics as Public Choice"
Volume 14 "Debt and Taxes"
Volume 15 "Externalities and Public Expenditure Theory"
Volume 16 "Choice, Contract, and Constitutions"
Volume 17 "Moral Science and Moral Order"
Volume 18 "Federalism, Liberty, and the Law"
Volume 19 "Ideas, Persons, and Events"
Volume 20 "Indexes"

James M. Buchanan - A Theorist of Political Economy and Social Philosophy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Richard E. Wagner James M. Buchanan - A Theorist of Political Economy and Social Philosophy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Richard E. Wagner
R4,481 R3,510 Discovery Miles 35 100 Save R971 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"A fine collection of essays exploring, and in many cases extending, Jim Buchanan's many contributions and insights to economic, political, and social theory."- Bruce Caldwell, Professor of Economics, Duke University, USA"The overwhelming impression the reader gets from this very fine collection is the extraordinary expanse of James Buchanan's work. Everyone interested in economics and related fields can profit mightily from this book."- Mario Rizzo, Professor of Economics, New York University, USA This book explores the academic contribution of James Buchanan, who received the Nobel Prize for economics in 1986. Buchanan's receipt of the Prize is noteworthy because he was a maverick within the economics profession. In contrast to the preponderance of economists, Buchanan made little use of mathematics and no use of econometrics, preferring to used logic and language to insert his ideas into the scholarly community. Moreover, his ideas extended the domain of economic inquiry along many paths that numerous economists subsequently pursued. Buchanan's scholarship brought economics and political science together under the rubric of public choice. He was also was a prime figure in bringing economic theory into closer contact with moral and social philosophy.This volume includes essays distributed across the extensive domain of Buchanan's scholarly contributions, reflecting the range of his scholarly interests. Chapters will examine Buchanan's scholarly work on public finance, social insurance, public debt, public choice, economic methodology, constitutional political economy, law and economics, and ethics and social theory. The book also examines Buchanan in relation to other prominent economists, both from the distant past and the recent past.

Deficits, Debt, and Democracy - Wrestling with Tragedy on the Fiscal Commons (Paperback): Richard E. Wagner Deficits, Debt, and Democracy - Wrestling with Tragedy on the Fiscal Commons (Paperback)
Richard E. Wagner
R505 Discovery Miles 5 050 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This timely book reveals that the budget deficits and accumulating debts that plague modern democracies reflect a clash between two rationalities of governance: one of private property and one of common property. The clashing of these rationalities at various places in society creates forms of societal tectonics that play out through budgeting. The book demonstrates that while this clash is an inherent feature of democratic political economy, it can nonetheless be limited through embracing once again a constitution of liberty. Not all commons settings have tragic outcomes, of course, but tragic outcomes loom large in democratic processes because they entail conflict between two very different forms of substantive rationality; the political and market rationalities. These are both orders that contain interactions among participants, but the institutional frameworks that govern those interactions differ, generating democratic budgetary tragedies. Those tragedies, moreover, are inherent in the conflict between the different rationalities and so cannot be eliminated. They can, as this book argues, be reduced by restoring a constitution of liberty in place of the constitution of control that has taken shape throughout the west over the past century. Economists interested in public finance, public policy and political economy along with scholars of political science, public administration, law and political philosophy will find this book intriguing.

Parchment, Guns and Constitutional Order - Classical Liberalism, Public Choice and Constitutional Democracy (Paperback):... Parchment, Guns and Constitutional Order - Classical Liberalism, Public Choice and Constitutional Democracy (Paperback)
Richard E. Wagner
R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is part of a four-volume set, a series dedicated to the work of John Locke. This volume deals with classical liberalism, public choice and constitutional democracy. The others cover property rights in terms of being a guarantor of liberty; rent seeking; and the liberty-state relationship.

The Economics of Smoking (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1992): Robert D. Tollison, Richard E. Wagner The Economics of Smoking (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1992)
Robert D. Tollison, Richard E. Wagner
R2,210 R1,756 Discovery Miles 17 560 Save R454 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cigarettes are under political attack at all_levels of government in the United States. From Washington, D. C. to state capitals to local govern ments, proposals abound to increase the cigarette excise tax, to impose smoking bans, to prevent cigarette advertising, to restrict the sale of cigarettes through vending machines, to cut off the export of cigarettes, to earmark the cigarette excise tax for health programs, to divest the stock of cigarette companies, and so on. And all of these are purportedly being advocated in the name of health. Undergirding and abetting the health argument is an economic argument that claims to place a value of up to $100 billion per year on the alleged health costs of smoking to the American economy, which is more than $3 per pack of cigarettes smoked. As our title suggests, our interest lies in the economics of smoking and not in the health issues surrounding smoking. We are professional economists and not medical scientists. We will focus on what, if any, economic consequences arise for nonsmokers when smokers smoke. For purposes of our discussion, we simply accept the premise that smoking damages health and proceed with our analysis. Since we have not studied the issue ourselves, we have no way of knowing whether such a premise is true. But it really does not matter for getting the economics of smoking right. The important point resides in who pays for whatever to smoking."

James M. Buchanan and Liberal Political Economy - A Rational Reconstruction (Hardcover): Richard E. Wagner James M. Buchanan and Liberal Political Economy - A Rational Reconstruction (Hardcover)
Richard E. Wagner
R1,326 Discovery Miles 13 260 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

James M. Buchanan and Liberal Political Economy: A Rational Reconstruction examines the contemporary meaning and significance of James M. Buchanan's body of work. The book uses Buchanan's past contributions to explore the present and future relevance of his scholarly contributions and insights. It seeks mainly to explain what insight for their work contemporary scholars might acquire by becoming familiar with some of Buchanan's formulations. Buchanan was one of the most creative and prolific scholars of political economy during the post-war period. Not only was his body of work so immense that it could not be contained within 20 volumes of Collected Works, but also Buchanan's scholarship made such strong contact with law, ethics, and political science that he could easily have served as a poster-child for the programs in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics which have been gaining momentum in recent years. Buchanan spoke for a style of economics that made wide and firm contact with the full range of the humane studies. This book emphasizes those features of Buchanan's thought that seem relevant for contemporary scholarship within the broadly liberal tradition of political economy.

Handbook of Public Finance (Hardcover, 2004 ed.): Jurgen G. Backhaus, Richard E. Wagner Handbook of Public Finance (Hardcover, 2004 ed.)
Jurgen G. Backhaus, Richard E. Wagner
R5,151 R4,054 Discovery Miles 40 540 Save R1,097 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Handbook of Public Finance provides a definitive source, reference, and text for the field of public finance. In 18 chapters it surveys the state of the art - the tradition and breadth of the field but also its current status and recent developments. The Handbook's intellectual foundation and orientation is truly multidisciplinary. Throughout its examination of the standard material of public finance, it explores the connections between that material and such neighboring fields as political science, sociology, law, and public administration.

The editors and contributors to the Handbook are distinguished scholars who write clearly and accessibly about the political economy of government budgets and their policy implications. To address the needs and interests of international scholars, they place European issues next to the American agenda and give attention to the issues of transformation in Central Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

General Editors: JA1/4rgen G. Backhaus, University of Erfurt
Richard E. Wagner, George Mason University
Contributors: Andy H. Barnett, Charles B. Blankart, Thomas E. Borcherding, Rainald Borck, Geoffrey Brennan, Giuseppe Eusepi, J. Stephen Ferris, Fred E. Folvary, Andrea Garzoni, Heinz Grossekettaler, Walter Hettich, Scott Hinds, Randall G. Holcombe, Jean-Michel Josselin, Carla Marchese, Alain Marciano, William S. Peirce, Nicholas Sanchez, David Schap, A. Allan Schmid, Russell S. Sobel, Stanley L. Winer, Bruce Yandle.

Federalist Government in Principle and Practice (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001): Donald P.... Federalist Government in Principle and Practice (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001)
Donald P. Racheter, Richard E. Wagner
R2,372 Discovery Miles 23 720 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Federalism has generally been characterized as a system of government that is friendly to liberty. It is not obvious, though, why this should be so. Federalism is a form of government where citizens simultaneously reside in at least two governments, each of which has independent authority to tax and to regulate. By contrast, in a unitary form of government citizens face only one government with independent authority to tax and regulate. At first glance, it would seem a bit strange to claim that liberty is more secure when citizens are members of two governments with independent authority than when they are members of only one such government. The relationship between federalism and liberty turns out to be a complex one, and one that is capable of working in either direction. Whether federalism supports or erodes liberty depends on importantly on the institutional framework within which federalist governance takes place. The essays in Federalist Government in Principle and Practice examine this institutionalist theme from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Politics, Taxation, and the Rule of Law - The Power to Tax in Constitutional Perspective (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the... Politics, Taxation, and the Rule of Law - The Power to Tax in Constitutional Perspective (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002)
Donald P. Racheter, Richard E. Wagner
R2,946 Discovery Miles 29 460 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Public Interest Institute began operations in 1992 as Iowa's only state-level, independent, research organization. As a public-policy research organization, our four principal goals are to become an information and analysis resource for all Iowans; provide local, state, and national policy-makers with a rigorous, objective, and understandable analysis of specific policy initiatives; identify practical alternatives for action on critical issues; and provide a forum for policy-makers and individuals to share ideas and concerns. The Institute promotes the importance of a free-enterprise economic system and its relationship to a free and democratic society. It seeks to support the proper role of a limited government in a society based upon individual freedom and liberty. Concerned citizens are challenged to become better informed about public issues, for ideas have consequences, and involved individuals can make a difference. Following the general treatment of how to achieve these ideals contained in LIMITING LEVIATHAN, we have continued our series of books designed to examine the topics raised there in greater depth. In FEDERALIST GOVERNMENT IN PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE we developed the ways in which dividing governmental power between levels such as national and state can help citizens preserve their freedoms. In this volume we develop the ways in which property rights do the same.

Politics, Taxation, and the Rule of Law - The Power to Tax in Constitutional Perspective (Hardcover, 2002 ed.): Donald P.... Politics, Taxation, and the Rule of Law - The Power to Tax in Constitutional Perspective (Hardcover, 2002 ed.)
Donald P. Racheter, Richard E. Wagner
R3,009 Discovery Miles 30 090 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The essays in this book treat the relationships among politics, taxation, and the rule of law. A central tenet of democratic ideology is that taxation is something that we choose to do to ourselves, rather than being something that is imposed on us by some ruler. The basic ideology of the American constitutional founding is that government is not the source of our rights of person and property. To the contrary, government is something we establish with our prior rights of person and property to preserve and protect those rights. While it is possible to articulate some intellectual notions about good government and appropriate taxation, it does not follow from the mere fact of this articulation that actual taxation works as articulated. Taxation may be a necessary means of preserving and protecting rights of person and property, but it might also operate in various ways to undermine, abridge, and erode those rights. The central tenet of democratic ideology, a tenet that is reflected thoroughly in the American constitutional founding, is that it is people's prior right to their property that limits the reach of government. This ideology rejects without a second thought any notion that government defines the limits of people's right to property. Yet democratic practice may well contradict and subvert democratic ideology, though the relationship between practice and ideology is not so simple as one being dominant over the other.

Federalist Government in Principle and Practice (Hardcover, 2001 ed.): Donald P. Racheter, Richard E. Wagner Federalist Government in Principle and Practice (Hardcover, 2001 ed.)
Donald P. Racheter, Richard E. Wagner
R3,017 Discovery Miles 30 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Federalism has generally been characterized as a system of government that is friendly to liberty. It is not obvious, though, why this should be so. Federalism is a form of government where citizens simultaneously reside in at least two governments, each of which has independent authority to tax and to regulate. By contrast, in a unitary form of government citizens face only one government with independent authority to tax and regulate. At first glance, it would seem a bit strange to claim that liberty is more secure when citizens are members of two governments with independent authority than when they are members of only one such government. The relationship between federalism and liberty turns out to be a complex one, and one that is capable of working in either direction. Whether federalism supports or erodes liberty depends on importantly on the institutional framework within which federalist governance takes place. The essays in Federalist Government in Principle and Practice examine this institutionalist theme from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Policy Analysis and Deductive Reasoning (Hardcover, Revised): Gordon Tullock, Richard E. Wagner Policy Analysis and Deductive Reasoning (Hardcover, Revised)
Gordon Tullock, Richard E. Wagner
R1,322 Discovery Miles 13 220 Special order

Contributors to this volume present methodological foundations for deductive modeling in policy analysis, applications to particular areas of public policy, and applications to the institutional framework within which particular policies are chosen. Originally published in 1978 by D.C. Heath and Company. Co-published with the Policy Studies Organization.

Handbook of Public Finance (Hardcover, 2004 ed.): Jurgen G. Backhaus, Richard E. Wagner Handbook of Public Finance (Hardcover, 2004 ed.)
Jurgen G. Backhaus, Richard E. Wagner
R2,967 Discovery Miles 29 670 Special order

The Handbook of Public Finance provides a definitive source, reference, and text for the field of public finance. In 18 chapters it surveys the state of the art - the tradition and breadth of the field but also its current status and recent developments. The Handbook's intellectual foundation and orientation is truly multidisciplinary. Throughout its examination of the standard material of public finance, it explores the connections between that material and such neighboring fields as political science, sociology, law, and public administration. The editors and contributors to the Handbook are distinguished scholars who write clearly and accessibly about the political economy of government budgets and their policy implications. To address the needs and interests of international scholars, they place European issues next to the American agenda and give attention to the issues of transformation in Central Eastern Europe and elsewhere. The Handbook of Public Finance will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in constitutional public finance and will be a valuable text to students of public finance and public choice. General Editors: Jurgen G. Backhaus, University of Erfurt Richard E. Wagner, George Mason University Contributors: Andy H. Barnett, Charles B. Blankart, Thomas E. Borcherding, Rainald Borck, Geoffrey Brennan, Giuseppe Eusepi, J. Stephen Ferris, Fred E. Folvary, Andrea Garzoni, Heinz Grossekettaler, Walter Hettich, Scott Hinds, Randall G. Holcombe, Jean-Michel Josselin, Carla Marchese, Alain Marciano, William S. Peirce, Nicholas Sanchez, David Schap, A. Allan Schmid, Russell S. Sobel, Stanley L. Winer, Bruce Yandle.

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