The shape of public choice to come: Some predictions and advice

  • William C. Mitchell


In the normal course of events, elders are sometimes called upon to reflect on the past while the more youthful set about deciding the future. For the most part, I shall honor the dictum but offer some unsolicited advice on what needs to be done and be so bold as to predict these suggestions will be acted upon — a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. Of course, the advice may be rejected or ignored. What, then?


Public Choice Group Solidarity Rent Extraction Military Unit Group Loyalty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. Mitchell
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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