Economics / Muenster University
Public Choice and the Political Economy of Public Policy
Spring/Summer 2011

Professor:    Roger D. Congleton

Office :   SCH 218
Phone:    83 25389  office    


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Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00 and Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00, and most other times by appointment .

Recommended Texts:

Optional Text:
Mueller, D. (2003) Public Choice III. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hillman, A. L. (2009) Public Finance and Public Policy, Responsibilities and Limitations of Government. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Congleton R. D. and Swedenborg, B. (2006) Democratic Constitutional Design and Public Policy. Cambridge Mass: MIT Press.
Some Useful Links
Public Choice Society
US Constitution  / Constitutions
Elections Market
Dates Lectures Text Readings  (See Syllabus for complete reading list)

Some methodological background  reading
M 1, H10, How Predictable is Political Behavior  / Review of Micro Tools
17/5 I. Introduction:  On the Origins and Logic of Public Choice
M1 / PP 2
18/5 II. Introduction to Voting Models M4, H6 / Median Voter Model
25/5 III. Applications of the Median Voter Model   
M6, M11, H9 / Median Voter Model
1/6 IV. Conceptual Problems with Majority Rule
M5, M12 / Economic and Cultural Prerequisites for Democracy
8/6 V. Stochastic Voting Models and Welfare
M12, M13
14/6 No Classes this week /  Whit Montag

VI. Voting and Institutions
M 4 / C: SwedCon ch 7-9
22/6 IX. Bureaucracy as a Special Interest Group M16, H2
28/6 VIII. Economic and Ideological Special Interests and Rent-Seeking Losses M20, H2 /  Rent-Seeking Losses and Institutions
5/7 XI. Public Choice Application: The Politics of Environmental Regulation  Governing the Global Commons
Environmental Political Economy
12/7 XII. Public Choice Application: the Welfare State: Public Pensions  and Healthcare
19/7  XIII. Course Overview and Review for Final Exam  
XIV. Final Exam in class

Final Papers Due--via e-mail--to:
Some Ideas for Paper Topics

Course Grades, Two Options: 

 Final Exam 100%
or Exam (60%) + Final Paper (around 10 pages) 40% = Grade       (student's choice)