Maximizing Behavior & Market Forces: The Microfoundations of Spontaneous Order Theorizing in Gordon Tullock's Contributions to Smithian Political Economy
Peter J. Boettke
George Mason University - Department of Economics
Public Choice, Vol. 135, No. 1-2, pp. 3-10, 2008
The author explores the microfoundations of Gordon Tullock's contributions to political economy and argue that his approach is consistent with the "invisible hand" theorizing of Adam Smith. While Smith (and Hayek) are celebrated for their emphasis on the "bright-side" of spontaneous social cooperation, Tullock emphasized the "dark-side" of social processes when the incentives are perverse and information is distorted. By explicating the microfoundations of Tullock's rendering of Smithian political economy this paper will set the stage for reassessment of Tullock as a spontaneous order theorist.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
JEL Classification: B31, D70
Date posted: January 19, 2010