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The Political Economy of Human Happiness: How Voters' Choices Determine the Quality of Life by Benjamin Radcliff

Published By: Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 978-1-107-03084-8, cloth; 978-1-107-64442-7, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2013


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Reviewed by: Carol Graham of The Brookings Institution
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.52.1.211.r12
Review Pages: 231-32

Book Review Abstract

Carol Graham of The Brookings Institution reviews, "The Political Economy of Human Happiness: How Voters' Choices Determine the Quality of Life" by Benjamin Radcliff. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Explores how to apply the data, methods, and theories of contemporary social science to the question of how political outcomes in democratic societies determine the quality of life that citizens experience. Discusses the democratic pursuit of happiness; market democracy; citizens or market participants?; the scientific study of happiness; the size of the state; labor unions and economic regulation; the American states; and between market and morality. Radcliff is Professor in the Department of Political Science and is affiliated with the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Higgins Labor Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame."


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JEL Classifications

D72: Models of Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
I31: General Welfare; Quality of Life
J51: Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
L51: Economics of Regulation


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