The Oxford Handbook of Polictical Economy

THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, Barry R. Weingast, Donald Wittman, eds., Oxford University Press, September 2006

Posted: 30 Jun 2008

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Barry R. Weingast

Stanford University, Department of Political Science

Donald Wittman

University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

Over its long lifetime, "political economy" has had manydifferent meanings: the science of managing the resources of a nation so as to provide wealth to its inhabitants for Adam Smith; the study of how the ownership of the means of production influenced historical processes for Marx; the study of the inter-relationship between economics and politics for some twentieth-century commentators; and for others, a methodology emphasizing individual rationality (the economic or "public choice" approach) or institutional adaptation (the sociological version). This Handbook views political economy as a grand (if imperfect) synthesis of these various strands, treating political economy as the methodology of economics applied to the analysis of political behavior and institutions.

Suggested Citation

Weingast, Barry R. and Wittman, Donald, The Oxford Handbook of Polictical Economy (September 2006). THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, Barry R. Weingast, Donald Wittman, eds., Oxford University Press, September 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1153458

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