Eamonn Butler, Public Choice: A Primer London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2012

Philosophia 41 (3):917-922 (2013)
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This essay is my analysis of Eamonn Butler’s fine book, Public Choice: a Primer. I suggest that Butler’s book is especially useful for philosophers, most of whom are to this day unfamiliar with public choice theory. This body of economics studies the role that universal self-interest plays in politics. This is an unpleasant truth for many philosophers, who have the Hegelian view of government as the realm of disinterested charity. Butler reviews the history of public choice economics, discusses the various schools of the theory, and the major areas of application.
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