Perspectives on Politics
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This is an ambitious and useful book that takes the reader through eight cases of governments that tried, with mixed results, to guide their countries from protectionism to free trade. A successful strategy requires the government to make allies of the industries that can transform themselves and survive in a more competitive environment ("flexible rent-seekers") and quickly to kill the industries that cannot ("inflexible rent-seekers"). Michael Lusztig adopts from the classic public choice literature the term rent-seekers, a group that seeks to effect a zero sum transfer from others to itself, usually resulting in a negative sum game for society, by the amount of the transaction costs necessary to effect the transfer.
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Perspectives on Politics, 3:2 (2005) pp. 424-425. DOI: 10.1017/S1537592705840150
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