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Tommasi & Ierulli Study Guide Pol S 270 Study Guide – POL S 270 Tommasi & Ierulli Text The following study guide is to be used in conjunction with the readings, lectures and section discussions. Their purpose is to facilitate the learning process, not substitute for it. Some of the terms and questions presented in this study guide will not be discussed directly in class; they can only be found in the readings. Also, some of the questions don’t have definitive answers but are presented to stimulate your thinking. Important Terms Define and identify the significance of each of the following terms: Gary Becker human capital market equilibrium interest groups surplus and scarcity The Process of Government (book) dead weight costs externalities “taste for discrimination” elasticity “efficient crimes” Down’s An Economic Theory of Democracy voter ignorance rational ignorance political endorsements (“economics of”) opportunity cost religious human capital household commodities input substititution informational cascades localized conformity 1
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Tommasi & Ierulli Study Guide Pol S 270 Short Questions The following questions are designed to help you think more critically about the readings and lectures. We may or may not discuss them in class. They may or may not appear as exam questions. In any event, think your way through these questions and realize that many of the questions do not have a “right” answer. What is the classic economic view of government (as presented by Zablotsky)? Discuss the basic argument presented in Zablotsky’s article and present any critiques you think appropriate. Do you think that Zablotsky is leaving out important factors? If so, what are they? What is the key argument made by Arthur Bentley in his seminal work, The Process of Government ? Even though Bentley propounded this thesis in 1908, is it still valid today? If no, explain why not. If yes, provide some examples of its applicability. What does Gary Becker add to Bentley’s thesis? What variables are important for explaining the relative success of interest groups in the political arena? Does Becker’s conceptualization of the “process of government” (as presented in the Zablotsky
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