Paul Dragos Aligica, Peter J. Boettke, and Vlad Tarko: Public governance and the classical-liberal perspective: political economy foundations
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Is there a classical-liberal perspective on public governance? Classical liberalism is typically portrayed as a philosophy that constraints government. Does it have anything meaningful to say in terms of understanding when public governance can be employed for the common good? In their new book, Paul Dragos Aligica, Peter Boettke, and Vlad Tarko answer resolutely in the affirmative. Their thesis and the arguments they use to support it offer a refreshing perspective on many enduring questions concerning the relationship of the private and public spheres.
The introductory chapter familiarizes the readers with several concepts that will be discussed throughout the book, such as normative individualism and polycentricity. It also provides an extensive roadmap, outlining the arguments to be made in subsequent chapters. Because the authors draw on several literatures from public choice, new institutional economics, public administration, and political philosophy, this outline is very...