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Principled Agents?The Political Economy of Good Government$
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Timothy Besley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283910.001.0001

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Competing views of government

Competing views of government

(p.1) 1 Competing views of government
Principled Agents?

Timothy Besley

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the issues studied and discussions of government from a political economy perspective. It places this in its historical context and the traditional public economics approach to the role of government. It also discusses some of the empirical evidence on differences in the quality of government across countries that motivate these ideas as well as the themes of incentives and selection in politics in general terms.

Keywords:   economic analysis, government, economic policy making, corruption, property rights, public economics, political economy

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