Political Economy of Economic Policy: The Quest for Human Betterment
Wilfred L David

Political Economy of Economic Policy: The Quest for Human Betterment

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David takes as his point of departure the orthodox rational paradigm of public policy-making--which, he argues, does not adequately reflect real-world process--to present an integrated model for economic policy formulation and execution. By juxtaposing the theoretical foundations of the rationalist model with insights drawn from alternative systems of political economy, he shows how economic decisionmaking is both more complex and less idealistic than the rational paradigm assumes. In constructing his argument, David systematically integrates ideas drawn from moral philosophy, politics, sociology, systems theory, institutional and neo-Marxian economic thought, and international dimensions of poitical economy. He suggests a reorientation of theory and analysis based on an approach emphasizing the role of values, conflicts, power, and divergent interests in the decisionmaking process. Focusing throughout on questions raised by the rationalist model, David builds his analysis around issues such as: the validity of the dominant theories of public economic decision-making; the logical vis-a-vis ideological foundations of economic policy postulates; the extent to which decisions can be made more responsive to values pertaining to human development.

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