Exciting Addition for Public Choice Profs
My colleague, Max Stearns, and Todd Zywicki of the George Mason University School of Law have just published their new course book, Public Choice Concepts and Applications in Law (West Publishing Company). This course book, the only one of its type, introduces law students to the concepts of public choice and the implications of those concepts for a host of substantive legal doctrines and for features of institutional design of various lawmaking bodies. Covered concepts include an general economic reasoning (including an overview of price theory), interest group theory, social choice theory, and elementary game theory. The institutional applications unit includes chapters that consider the implications of covered concepts for legislatures, the judiciary, the executive branch (and bureaucracies), and constitutions as governing documents. The book is designed for courses or seminars in public choice or for use as a supplement courses as legislation, administrative law, or jurisprudence. Students will love this: the book is in paperback. Max tells me that he and Todd will be submitting the Teachers’ Manual to West this week and that West will quickly make that available to potential adopters. In addition, they are working toward posting supporting materials for part III on line. That part which will include various chapters on discrete topics of law to be used in connection with the bound volume and that will be updated over time. Max tells me that he is happy to respond to any questions or comments that you have by email. Having sat in on Max’s public choice seminar and enjoyed, and learned from, his vast body of work in the area, I have no doubt that Public Choice Concepts and Applications in Law is a great contribution to the classroom and beyond.