Reflections of a Political Economist: Selected Articles on Government Policies and Political Processes

By William A. Niskanen, Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Economist

Acclaimed economist William A. Niskanen illustrated how economic incentives significantly aid in the creation of successful policies and applies his sharply focused economic perspective to such topics as unemployment, election law, and the economics of war and peace. This practical approach toward economic policy generates surprising results and offers suggestions to avoid common pitfalls of government policymaking. The book collects some of Niskanen’s most incisive and important policy analysis and public choice articles from the last 15 years. His interests ranged widely during this time, covering many different areas of public policy, always with an eye toward rigorous economic thinking, fiscal conservatism, and finding shrewd, practical solutions to important problems.

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