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Public Choice Model (Theory)

An approach to the study of politics that applies economic principles to analyze political activity, suggesting that people take political action to further their own self-interest.

(Kernaghan 1995, 164)

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Public Choice analysis uses economic principles to analyze political activity, suggesting that people take political action to further their own self-interest. For example, a politician may choose policy instruments not on the basis of rationality or efficiency but rather to improve their electoral position.

 

Reference

 

Kernaghan, Kenneth and David Siegel. 1995. Public Administration in Canada: A Text, 3rd ed. Scarborough, ON: Nelson Canada.

     

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