Planning and the Political Market: Public Choice and the Politics of Government Failure

Planning and the Political Market: Public Choice and the Politics of Government Failure

by Mark Pennington


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Planning and the Political Market argues that the enthusiasm for planning as an essential component of environmental protection is misplaced. Drawing on the experience of Britain and other Western democracies, the author uses public choice theory to explore the practical experience of land use planning as an example of government failure.

The book opens by outlining the institutional focus of public choice theory, examining the central questions of market and government failure and the theoretical case for government intervention in the environment. Having explored the principal impacts of planning the book goes on to analyse the institutional structures which have produced these policy outcomes.

The analysis suggests that institutional incentives within the 'political market' have frequently led to policies which favour special interest groups and public sector bureaucracy. The book concludes with an assessment of the potential for a private property rights, free market alternative to increase community involvement and access.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780485004069
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Series: Public Choice and the Politics of Government Failure
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Mark Pennington is Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresviii
List of Tablesix
List of Acronymsxi
1Planning and the Political Market: The Rise of Public Choice Theory1
2The Impact of Planning27
3Interest Groups, Collective Action and Planning59
4Budgets, Bureaucrats and Planning90
5Planning and the Political Market: Voter-Centred versus Special-Interest Explanations116
6Planning and the Politics of Growth141
7Land Use Planning: Public or Private Choice?166

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