Kaushik Basu

in Prelude to Political Economy

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198296713
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191595943 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter opens with an anecdote from the author about a road tax collection incident in Grand Trunk Road in eastern India, to illustrate the need for a better understanding of the state, law, social norms, and the role of policy advise. It then discusses the emergence of the “positive political economy”. It presents the rationale behind this volume followed by an overview of the chapters in the book.

Keywords: positive political economy; state; law; norms; policy advise; tax collection

Chapter.  3492 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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