Public Choice Theory - Winter School, July 2019

BUSN2080— enrol class no. 1073

Internationally renowned experts in Public Choice Theory will be flown in to deliver classes over a two week period.

Politics without the Romance: The Economic Modelling of Politics

Public Choice Theory Course Now Open for Enrolment

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is now accepting enrolments on its Fremantle campus in a course that is devoted to Public Choice Theory and which is to be delivered as an intensive ‘Winter School’ in July 2019.  Public Choice Theory is a sub-discipline of economics that entails applying economic methodology to the sphere of political science and is sometimes referred to as “politics without the romance”.  Political behaviour is analysed in a way that accounts for the self-interest of agents, and the topics considered include rent seeking, regulatory capture, pressure-group activity, government failure, constitutional design, voting paradoxes and the economics of bureaucracies.  The 2019 course provides students with both a broad understanding of the public-choice approach and a more nuanced appreciation of certain theories associated with this approach.  Accordingly, the delivery of the course is divided into two main components over a two-week period.  The first week of classes is to be delivered by UNDA staff and is devoted to providing a broad survey of Public Choice Theory. The second week of classes is to be delivered by internationally renowned Public Choice Theory specialists and is devoted to building upon the foundations laid in the first week by considering more specific topics in a seminar setting.  The second week also features a one-day symposium dedicated to the life and work of Nobel Laureate James Buchanan, who was one of the key founders of Public Choice Theory as a sub-discipline.  The one-day symposium will be on July 16 and is also open to the general public for a small fee.

The course will be delivered over the period July 9 to July 21 and is “for university credit”. This means that normal university fees apply.  Whilst courses at UNDA are not commonwealth supported and therefore may not qualify for HECS support, the equivalent Fee Help (see is available for domestic (Australian) students. The course enrolment code is BUSN 2080 (enrolment class code no. 1073). For enquiries relating to the nature of the course, contact Professor Gregory Moore at  For enquiries relating to enrolment processes and administrative information, contact Anita Unwin at