The Economic Limits to Modern Politics

The Economic Limits to Modern Politics

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The central problem of modern government and political action is how to choose and implement effective economic policies. For this reason, the economic considerations of public policy have assumed a more prominent place in contemporary political thought. Despite efforts among political scientists, economists, and sociologists to fathom the complexities of this added dimension, none of these solid sciences offers a satisfying approach to the problem. This volume attempts to display the historical novelty and intellectual importance of this dilemma, to uncover its origins, and to procure a remedy through a clearer and steadier focus. The book's contributors range from historians of ideas to economic theorists, who bring the approach of their own intellectual discipline to bear upon the more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139240145
  • 9781139240147

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The economic limits to modern politics John Dunn; 2. The wealth of one nation and the dynamics of international competition Istvan Hont; 3. The political limits to pre-modern politics J. G. A. Pocock; 4. The economic constraints on political programs Frank H. Hahn; 5. International liberalism reconsidered Robert O. Keohane; 6. Capitalism, socialism, and democracy: compatibilities and contradictions John more

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'For anyone interested in how the role of the state has changed over time, in the interdependencies between economic structure and what can and can't be achieved through government ... this is fascinating reading.' Richard Nelson, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 'This varied collection of essays on history, philosophy and economics deals at an extremely high level of subtlety and scholarship with both ... the political limit on economics and the economic limit on politics.' Ian Gilmour, London Review of Booksshow more