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Special Interest Politics by Gene M. Grossman
Book DescriptionThis landmark theoretical book is about the mechanisms by which special interest groups affect policy in modern democracies. Defining a special interest group as any organization that takes action on behalf of an identifiable group of voters, Gene Grossman and Elhanan Helpman ask: How do special interest groups derive their power and influence? What determines the extent to which they are able to affect policy outcomes? What happens when groups with differing objectives compete for influence? The authors develop important theoretical tools for studying the interactions among voters, interest groups, and politicians. They assume that individuals, groups, and parties act in their own self-interest and that political outcomes can be identified with the game-theoretic concept of an equilibrium. Throughout, they progress from the simple to the more complex. When analyzing campaign giving, for example, they begin with a model of a single interest group and a single, incumbent policy maker. They proceed to add additional interest groups, a legislature with several independent politicians, and electoral competition between rival political parties. The book is organized in three parts. Part I focuses on voting and elections. Part II examines the use of information as a tool for political influence. Part III deals with campaign contributions, which interest groups may use either to influence policy makers' positions and actions or to help preferred candidates to win election.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262571678
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gene M. Grossman
Interest Groups and Trade Policy, Paperback (February 2002)
Gene Grossman and Elhanan Helpman are widely acclaimed for their pioneering theoretical studies of how special interest groups seek to influence the policymaking process in democratic societies. This collection of eight of their articles is a companion to their monograph, "Special Interest Politics".
Political Economy of Trade Policy, Hardback (September 1996)
This collection of papers celebrates the impact that Jagwish Bhagwati has had on the field of international economics since the 1960s. Bhagwati has made contributions to the theory of international trade and commercial policy, including growth and domestic distortions.
Innovation and Growth in the Global Economy, Paperback (March 1993)
Grossman and Helpman develop a unique approach in which innovation is viewed as a deliberate outgrowth of investments in industrial research by forward-looking, profit-seeking agents.
Essays in Development Economics, Paperback (October 1985)» View all books by Gene M. Grossman
Volume I, Wealth and Poverty, addresses domestic or internal development problems.
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Author Biography - Gene M. Grossman
Gene M. Grossman is Jacob Viner Professor of International Economics and Director of the International Economics Section at Princeton University. Elhanan Helpman is Professor of Economics at Harvard University, the Archie Sherman Chair Professor of International Economic Relations in the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel-Aviv University, and a Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
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