The Calculus of Consent Revisited
17 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 6, 2011
Buchanan and Tullock have a reputation as radical defenders of private property, markets, free enterprise, limited government and libertarianism. While this account is to some degree correct, the present paper shall argue that it is exaggerated. It will show that their supposed adherence to these doctrines and philosophies is at best a moderate, not a radical, one, because of numerous errors with respect to their theories of democracy, ruling class, constitutionalism, contract, voting, methodological individualism, and the relation between government and private enterprise.
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