Essentially all public policies can be charaterized as political equilibria among selt-interested participants in political process. Public policies change when these equiliria change. Political and legal institutions affect those equilibria, because they create the rules of the political game. This course provides a survey of the public choice literature and explores the connections between political institutions, politics, and public policy. In particular, methodologies of neoclassical economic analysis as applied to political science will be explored. it is hoped that students will be able to use this toolkit.

Pre-requisite: None