Variations on Tullock’s Road Model

  • James M. Buchanan
  • Yong J. Yoon


Four decades past, Gordon Tullock published a short paper, “Problems of Majority Voting” (1959), that proved to be seminal in the subsequent development of public choice theory. The central argument of the paper was incorporated as an element in The Calculus of Consent (Buchanan and Tullock, 1962), and, separately, the discussion of logrolling stimulated a large body of literature.1


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Buchanan
    • 1
  • Yong J. Yoon
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Study of Public ChoiceGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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