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A Handbook of Alternative Theories of Public Economics

A Handbook of Alternative Theories of Public Economics

Elgar original reference

Edited by Francesco Forte, Ram Mudambi and Pietro Maria Navarra

This comprehensive and thought-provoking Handbook reviews public sector economics from pluralist perspectives that either complement or reach beyond mainstream views. The book takes a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, drawing on economic elements in the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, history and law.

Chapter 10: Indigenes, immigration, and integration: a welfare-economics approach to minority rights

Bengt-Arne Wickström

Subjects: economics and finance, austrian economics, history of economic thought, public choice theory, public finance, public sector economics, politics and public policy, public choice


In many countries there are linguistic, religious, and ethnic minorities coexisting with the majority. The phenomenon may be due to recent immigration or to historical factors such as the difference between the geographical boundaries and the historical settlements of the various groups. In this chapter, we attempt to set up a welfare-economics framework for analyzing the granting of minority rights. We search for arguments based on economics theory for different policies.

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