Public Choice

, Volume 152, Issue 3–4, pp 273–278 | Cite as

Growing up with The Calculus of Consent

  • Roger D. CongletonEmail author

A few autobiographical remarks

It is fair to say that most of my academic life has been influenced by The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy (Buchanan and Tullock 1962) I was an undergraduate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (“Virginia Tech”) just after the Center for Study for Public Choice was founded there. I joined that university’s new graduate program in economics after a somewhat fortuitous contact with Charles Goetz, a founding member of the Center and former Buchanan student. The graduate courses were taught for the most part by scholars hired after the Center was up and running. I wrote my dissertation under James Buchanan’s guidance and a significant strand of the dissertation was influenced by a more or less casual conversation with Gordon Tullock while driving to a conference in Northern Virginia. In the late 1980s, after a decade of teaching at small private liberal arts, business, and engineering schools, I became...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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