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Public Governance and the Classical-Liberal PerspectivePolitical Economy Foundations$
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Paul Dragos Aligica, Peter J. Boettke, and Vlad Tarko

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190267032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190267032.001.0001

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Public Choice, Public Administration, and Self-Governance

Public Choice, Public Administration, and Self-Governance

The Ostromian Confluence

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(p.101) 5 Public Choice, Public Administration, and Self-Governance
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Public Governance and the Classical-Liberal Perspective
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Paul Dragos Aligica

Peter J. Boettke

Vlad Tarko

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190267032.003.0006

Chapter 5 illuminates the specific nature of the synthesis attempted by the Ostroms’ and their associates and discusses the successes as well as the failures of their endeavors. Their effort to promote the public choice perspective in public administration, and the public administration perspective in public choice and to advance on that basis a paradigm change (from “bureaucratic public administration” to “democratic public administration”) is presented as a reference point, a model and case study entailing several lessons about the nature and limits of such endeavors. The chapter also builds upon the work of Michael Spicer, a remarkable author who has kept alive this type of approach in the field of public administration by combining public choice and knowledge process theory, long after the initial effect of the Ostroms’ efforts faded.

Keywords:   democracy, political economy, public choice, institutionalism, polycentricity, social choice, constitutional political economy, public policy, public administration, ideology

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