Public Choice

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Public Choice

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Political Science, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Public choice theory provides a conceptual apparatus for examining the relationship between economics and political science. Within the last twenty years, public choice theory has emerged as an important method for understanding politics. The purpose of the module is to provide students with a thorough exposure to the main public choice theories as they relate both to the normative and positive strands of political science. This will include an examination of the successes and failures of public choice, including applications and empirical findings. Students are expected to participate in lecture discussions and will complete a term paper which will require independent research. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain the economic rational for government s role in enacting public policies
    2. Apply rational choice models to political institutions and processes to clarify their mechanisms
    3. Discuss the merits and demerits of direct and indirect representation
    4. Apply theoretical models, ideas and arguments to actual political events and outcomes
    5. Critique the rational agent approach of public choice theories in light of its applicability in various contexts