Public choice looks at political activity from an economic point of view. This month we look at literature to explore how such thinking began.
Sarah Skwire looks at the implicit economics of Shakespeare's plays, in which self-interested politicians vie with one other for advantage.
Ross Emmett looks at the origins of our surprisingly recent rose-colored view of politics.
Maria Pia Paganelli looks at the founder of modern economics - and the pursuit of politics without romance.
Michelle Vachris argues that economics and literature have a lot to learn from one another.
Maria Pia Paganelli contrasts the simplified model of homo economicus and the often complex inner lives of fictional characters.
Sarah Skwire looks at the depiction of economic themes in Charles Dickens, the author economists love to hate.
Michelle Vachris looks at the history of literary depictions of the venal politician.