"... an introduction to public-choice economics that is far more
likely to shape our future than the current penchant for regulation
"One of the most significant additions to the usual set of topics
covered in economics over the last 50 years has been the area of
public choice. This book, coauthored by one of the founders of the
public choice field, introduces the beginning student to this
important set of ideas."
-Dennis C. Mueller, University of Vienna and President, Public
Choice Society, 1984-86
"The scope of government control and activity has burgeoned far
beyond the conception of the founders of the American republic.
Scholars and pundits either applaud this expansion or shrug their
shoulders as if it were unavoidable. But the transformation is
neither laudable nor inevitable. In this book, Tullock and his
coauthors Arthur Seldon and Gordon Brady analyze the problems of
control of government and control by government. They argue
convincingly that what appear to be disparate and unrelated
problems in the U.S. and in Great Britain are in fact the bitter
fruit of the same poisoned tree. The incentives and behavior of
government officials can be understood using the theory of public
choice, which Tullock developed with Nobel Prize winner James
Buchanan. This book is both an introduction to that theory, and a
fascinating example of its continuing relevance to understanding
government action and misbehavior."
-Michael C. Munger, Chairman, Department of Political Science, Duke
University and President, Public Choice Society, 1996-98
"This is an invaluable book by three noted scholars of public
choice. It shows that one way of fighting back is to demonstrate
that government is a lot more costly than you think. These authors
teach this lesson well."
-Robert D. Tollison, Robert Hearin Professor of Economics,
University of Mississippi and President, Public Choice Society,