The Invisibility Factor: The Limits of Public Choice Theory and Public Institutions

Washington University Law Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 179 (1996)

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper

44 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2014

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

This Article's thesis is that because public choice theory underestimates the ability of the majority to influence the political process, it is of limited use as a predictive tool. More specifically, this Article suggests that in certain circumstances, public choice theory incorrectly predicts whether a special interest group can successfully pass its legislation. This Article examines this thesis in the context of state education funding reform and hows that public choice theory would have incorrectly predicted some recent legislative responses in that area.

Suggested Citation

Brown, Dorothy Andrea, The Invisibility Factor: The Limits of Public Choice Theory and Public Institutions (1996). Washington University Law Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 179 (1996) ; Emory Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2468273

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