Toward a Political Economy of Development: A Rational Choice Perspective - Robert H. BatesBerkley, Los Angeles & London: University of California Press, 1988, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled.
Number 14 in the series. Contains: Further reading list; Tables;
From the cover: “This state of the discipline collection of essays presents new ways to study the political economy of development. The essays, all by well-known scholars, explore a range of timely subjects — from Third World debt, to the crisis of African agriculture, to political violence in Central America. They are united by an engagement with rational choice theories of economic and political conduct. Rational choice theory uses economic reasoning to explain the way political processes and institutions function and provides new ways to address a range of issues, including those surrounding the behaviour of politicians and the enactment of public policy.
In its use of exciting new approaches and its discussion of a range of current international issues, Toward a Political Economy of Development provides fresh directions for scholars studying development. It will be of particular interest to political scientists and economists who have for too long talked past each other when studying these issues. For economists who have often ignored political factors, this collection oilers a new perspective on the role of governments in economic life. And for political scientists who have often exhibited major deficiencies in their understanding of economics, this work provides new understandings of the functioning of markets and economies. Provocative, wide-ranging, incisive, this work promises to be extremely useful as a text in courses on debt, development, the Third World, and political theory.”