Politicians

Forthcoming, Encyclopedia of Law & Economics (ed. by Alain Marciano & Giovanni B. Ramello), New York: Springer

8 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2018

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Benny Geys

BI Norwegian Business School; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Applied Economics Department

Karsten Mause

University of Muenster, Germany

Date Written: November 18, 2018

Abstract

Politicians are persons involved in the process of public policymaking in their role as members of governments, parliaments, political parties, and other political bodies at the (sub)national level (e.g., local government, state legislature, national parliament, etc.) as well as within the supranational political arena (e.g., United Nations Security Council, European Union institutions, and so on). Many politicians get into office through a democratic election, while others are selected or appointed to a public office. For many politicians politics is a full-time job, while for others it remains an activity in addition to a main job as a lawyer, teacher or entrepreneur. This entry takes stock of what Law & Economics (LE) scholars have contributed to the large social science literature on politicians.

Keywords: Politicians, Politics, Political Economy, Public Choice, Law & Economics

JEL Classification: D72, K00, K16, P16

Suggested Citation

Geys, Benny and Mause, Karsten, Politicians (November 18, 2018). Forthcoming, Encyclopedia of Law & Economics (ed. by Alain Marciano & Giovanni B. Ramello), New York: Springer, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3287333

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