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Principled Agents?: The Political Economy of Good Government

Timothy Besley


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 this book of intriguing Lindahl lectures. Economic analyses of government usually divide into two broad camps. One that emphasises government as a force for public good, which can regulate markets, distribute resources, and generally work towards improving the lives of its citizens. The other sees gov ... More

Keywords: government, political accountability, public interest, Lindahl lectures, economic analysis, private interest, public servant, Publius approach, institutional precondition, institutional framework

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Besley, author
Professor of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics

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