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Public Goods, Redistribution and Rent Seeking (The Locke Institute)

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'The book features Professor Tullock's normal array of insights and gems of wisdom throughout. The thesis of the book, to view government through the prism of externalities, is intriguing and makes the book well worth reading.'- Daniel Sutter, Public Choice'The book can be commended for introducing a broad range of thought-provoking ideas in an accessible form. It is an easy read, but does not achieve (nor does it aspire to) the usual standards of academic rigour. It is in places retrospective and in others polemical. But all of it is entertaining.'- Gareth Myles, Economica'The book offers a nice introduction into public choice but still has enough in it to keep more advanced scholars interested. Well worth reading for anyone with even a modicum of interest in economics and/or politics in the most non-partisan sense.'- Phong Ngo, Economic Record'Tullock provides a readable account of public choice economics and the problems with collective decision making... Highly recommended.'- M. Steckbeck, Choice

About the Author

Gordon Tullock, Professor of Law and Economics, George Mason University School of Law and Center for the Study of Public Choice, George Mason University, US

Product Details

  • Series: The Locke Institute
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848441711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848441712
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,286,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Husman on September 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I can't recommend this very strongly. In the first place, it badly needs an editor to remove the excess and strangely placed commas, to put dropped words back in, and to remove the extraneous words. In the second place, it just doesn't seem like the kind of book you would expect from someone of Tullock's stature. I think he stretches the meaning of "externality" too far. He covers lots of ground already covered in Calculus of Consent (of which he repeatedly reminds us that he was a co-author). About the only thing I learned was a new biological justification for charity and altruism, but that only accounts for one chapter. For that, I am tempted to upgrade to 2 stars, but won't give into that temptation.
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