James M. Buchanan

A Theorist of Political Economy and Social Philosophy

  • Richard E. Wagner

Part of the Remaking Economics: Eminent Post-War Economists book series (EPWE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Subjectivism and the Methodology of Political Economy

  3. Public Finance and the Theory of the State

  4. Collective Action and Constitutional Political Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Dennis C. Mueller
      Pages 315-336
    3. Shruti Rajagopalan
      Pages 359-381
    4. Chris Berg, Sinclair Davidson, Jason Potts
      Pages 383-397
    5. Peter T. Leeson
      Pages 425-440
    6. George Tridimas, Stanley L. Winer
      Pages 487-509
    7. Adam G. Martin, James H. Ruhland
      Pages 511-536
  5. Ethics, Social Philosophy, and Liberal Political Economy

  6. Economic Theory as Social Theory

  7. Money, Debt, and the Rule of Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 939-939
    2. Lars P. Feld
      Pages 965-990
    3. Vito Tanzi
      Pages 991-1007

About this book


“A fine collection of essays exploring, and in many cases extending, Jim Buchanan’s many contributions and insights to economic, political, and social theory.”
Bruce Caldwell, Professor of Economics, Duke University, USA
"The overwhelming impression the reader gets from this very fine collection is the extraordinary expanse of James Buchanan's work. Everyone interested in economics and related fields can profit mightily from this book."
Mario Rizzo, Professor of Economics, New York University, USA

This book explores the academic contribution of James Buchanan, who received the Nobel Prize for economics in 1986. Buchanan’s receipt of the Prize is noteworthy because he was a maverick within the economics profession. In contrast to the preponderance of economists, Buchanan made little use of mathematics and no use of econometrics, preferring to used logic and language to insert his ideas into the scholarly community. Moreover, his ideas extended the domain of economic inquiry along many paths that numerous economists subsequently pursued. Buchanan’s scholarship brought economics and political science together under the rubric of public choice. He was also was a prime figure in bringing economic theory into closer contact with moral and social philosophy.
This volume includes essays distributed across the extensive domain of Buchanan’s scholarly contributions, reflecting the range of his scholarly interests. Chapters will examine Buchanan’s scholarly work on public finance, social insurance, public debt, public choice, economic methodology, constitutional political economy, law and economics, and ethics and social theory. The book also examines Buchanan in relation to other prominent economists, both from the distant past and the recent past.


public choice moral philosophy public finance public debt law and economics ethics social theory microeconomics methodology constitutional political economy James Buchanan Nobel Prize for economics in 1986

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard E. Wagner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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