Politics by Principle, Not Interest
Towards Nondiscriminatory Democracy
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Politics by Principle, Not Interest by James M. Buchanan
Book DescriptionThe very logic of majority rule implies unequal treatment or discrimination. If left unconstrained, majority coalitions will promote the interests of their own members at the expense of other persons. This book focuses on the effects of applying a generality constraint on the political process. Under this requirement, majorities would be constitutionally prohibited from treating different persons and groups differently. The generality principle is familiar in that all persons are to be treated equally. In summary, this book extends the generality norm to politics. Several defences of equal treatment or generality are developed and applied. These include the familiar intuition that invokes fairness. But the primary argument here is centred on political efficiency, which is increased when governments are constrained to treat persons or groups generally rather than differentially. The political efficiency defence of the generality constraint is based on a public choice analysis of the implication of majoritarian discrimination.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521031325
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James M. Buchanan
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Reason of Rules, Paperback (August 2008)
This book is about rules - what they are, how they work, and how they can be properly analysed.
Economics from the Outside in, Paperback (July 2007)
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Power to Tax, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by James M. Buchanan
Should government's power to tax be limited? This 1980 book offers an approach to the understanding and evaluation of the fiscal system.
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