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Author Leighton, Wayne A., 1965-

Title Madmen, intellectuals, and academic scribblers [electronic resource] : the economic engine of political change / Wayne A. Leighton and Edward J. López.

Imprint Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Economics and Finance, an imprint of Stanford University Press, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 209 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ideas and the rules of politics -- The never-ending quest for good government -- Economists join the battle of political ideas -- Public choice : how we get bad policies and get stuck with them, or not -- How ideas matter for political change -- Four stories of political change -- What is to be done? : assembling the wisdom.
Summary Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers offers up a simple, economic framework for understanding the systematic causes of political change. In order to distill the smorgasbord of scholarship on political evolution, Madmen takes up three fundamental, interrelated questions: Why do democracies generate policies that impose net costs on society? Why do such policies persist over long periods of time, even though they may be widely known to be socially wasteful and even though better alternatives could be implemented? And why do certain wasteful policies eventually get re.
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Subject Political planning -- Economic aspects.
Policy sciences -- Economic aspects.
Political entrepreneurship.
Economic policy.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author López, Edward J.
Other Form: Print version: Leighton, Wayne A., 1965- Madmen, intellectuals, and academic scribblers. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Economics and Finance, an imprint of Stanford University Press, 2013 (DLC) 2012016315
ISBN 9780804783965 (electronic bk.)
0804783969 (electronic bk.)
9780804780971 (cloth ; alk. paper)