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Edited by William F. Shughart II and Laura Razzolini
A man who writes a book, thinks himself wiser or wittier than the rest of mankind; he supposes that he can instruct or amuse them, and the publick to whom he appeals, must, after all, be the judges of his pretensions. (Samuel Johnson) This volume, which has been more than two years in the making and represents the collaborative effort of more than thirty scholars, is intended to encapsulate the ﬁeld of public choice as it stands at the close of the twentieth century. While we are certainly not the ﬁrst to attempt to do so, owing to the explosive growth of the literature over the past several decades, it has become nearly impossible to survey the theory and evidence of public choice comprehensively. Multiple perspectives by multiple authorities help to ﬁll in the unavoidable gaps and to add the nuance necessary for a deeper understanding of what has been accomplished thus far and what questions remain unanswered. This does not mean that we have not tried to be exhaustive. Far from it. Contributions to the Companion were solicited with an eye toward providing its readers with a thoroughgoing rehearsal of public choice principles. Undoubtedly, however, some topics have been overlooked and some of the relevant literature left uncited. For that we apologize. But we think that those who spend time with this volume will come away with a fuller appreciation of the power of the public choice model to illuminate the behaviour of Homo politicus. It is our hope...