20 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2011
Date Written: February 15, 2011
The most important distinction between Virginia political economy (VPE) and the other branches of public choice scholarship is a close affinity of the former to Austrian economics. Contributions in both the Virginia and the Vienna (Austrian) traditions have emphasized this connection and highlighted the analytical and ideological interdependencies of the two schools. This paper argues that an application of the Austrian theory of political entrepreneurship to the VPE framework can provide important insights regarding the direction of political change. Kirzner’s theory of entrepreneurship explains that coordination of individual action is possible where price signals provide information. Buchanan price signals are absent entrepreneurial process breaks down. There is common ground between Kirznerian entrepreneurship and Buchanan’s creative action. Scholars at the intersection of the Virginia and the Vienna traditions can use this common ground to make pattern predictions regarding the direction of political change.
Keywords: Constitutional Political Economy, Austrian Political Economy, Public Choice
JEL Classification: B25, B41, B53
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Thomas, Diana Weinert and Thomas, Michael D., Entrepreneurship: Catallactic and Constitutional Perspectives (February 15, 2011). Review of Austrian Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1876625