Public Choice and Rural Development: The Proceedings of a Conference

Public Choice and Rural Development: The Proceedings of a Conference

Public Choice and Rural Development: The Proceedings of a Conference

Public Choice and Rural Development: The Proceedings of a Conference

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This book contains the augmented proceedings of a conference held under the auspices of Resources for the Future with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development on 17 and 18 September 1979. The idea for the conference originated within AID, where people sensed the growing importance of public choice issues in rural development. It was felt that bringing development experts with rural field experience together with public choice experts having some interest in development would lead to a fruitful interchange for the participants and a valuable document for both literatures.

The initial conference plan was a tidy one, involving a review, or "state-of-the-art" paper followed by five or six papers outlining the collective choice problems encountered in the field in different substantive (as opposed to geographic) areas. Each of these papers would be discussed by two people: one from a public choice background; and one an academic or (preferably) a government official from a developing country.

The best laid conference plans are no different from those in any other part of life, and this one suffered from failures of world communications; the press of politics (public choice) in various developing countries that kept several would-be participants away; and unexplained loss of author momentum or failure of will. On the other hand, AID was . . .

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