Public Choice

, Volume 157, Issue 3–4, pp 357–365 | Cite as

Public choice, political economy and development: an introduction to the life, times and themes of Martin Paldam

  • Toke S. Aidt
  • Christian Bjørnskov
  • Peter Kurrild-KlitgaardEmail author
  • Gert Tinggaard Svendsen


Martin Paldam is one of the most prominent figures of Danish economics and European public choice. In this introduction to the special issue, we identify five of the areas, where he has made significant contributions: (1) vote and popularity functions and political business cycles; (2) democracy and institutions; (3) the economics of corruption; (4) development aid; and (5) social capital.


Public choice Political economy Democracy Development Corruption Social capital 



The authors are very grateful to the editors of Public Choice for accepting this Festschrift in Martin Paldam’s honor and in particular to Bill Shughart for his very important and invaluable help with the editing of the papers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toke S. Aidt
    • 1
  • Christian Bjørnskov
    • 2
  • Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard
    • 3
    Email author
  • Gert Tinggaard Svendsen
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Dept. of Economics and BusinessAarhus UniversityAarhus VDenmark
  3. 3.Dept. of Political ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen KDenmark
  4. 4.Dept. of Political Science and GovernmentAarhus UniversityAarhus CDenmark

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