This history, brief though it is, is very well done.
To me, as a Public Choice economist, perhaps the most interesting part of the book is the discussion of the role crises play in bringing about policy changes.
Political myopia, special interests, transitional gains traps.... But Leighton and Lopez offer some hope for how the stasis of public choice can be overcome.
Amazingly well-written tour of influence of economic ideas on public policy. Not perfection, but a very good treatment of the issues. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dow Jones
Okay, well maybe it is not quite THAT simple, but here's the story. Madmen (those who have original ideas, whether in or outside of academia) think up some new idea - deregulating... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin Currie-Knight
I highly recommend Wayne Leighton and Edward Lopez’s Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers to anyone who wants to better understand political change, intellectual history... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mike Mertens
This is an excellent book that is rich with content and context. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in ideas and political change.Published 18 months ago by Kenneth R Crumpler
I found this book to be difficult to follow and often times difficult to read. I personally had a dificult time getting into this book.Published 18 months ago by John T. Ayers
this taught me things. I love learning things. But in all seriousness this is very well written and if you have any interest in what you read in the title or summary then get the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ekonomik intalektual
Written in a lucid and even breezy fashion, the book covers a great deal of the history of thought in regard to political economy, leading up to the emergence of "public choice"... Read morePublished 18 months ago by MT57
Madmen is an excellent treatise on the often misunderstood marriage of politics and economics. Written in an easy-to-understand style, it makes economics concepts interesting and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Greg Ameringer