The Past, Present and Future of Virginia Political Economy

13 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2015  

Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Alain Marciano

Université de Montpellier; French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) - Laboratoire d'économie théorique et appliquée (LAMETA)

Date Written: December 6, 2015

Abstract

We present a short history of the Virginia School of Political Economy in its institutional settings of University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, or Virginia Tech (VPI), and George Mason University (GMU). We discuss the original research and educational project as envisioned by Buchanan at UVA, its maturity into a normal science at VPI, and its continuation at GMU. We argue that the future of Virginia Political Economy will depend critically on the various alternative interpretations of the Buchanan project in positive economics, welfare economics, and political economy.

Keywords: James Buchanan, Public choice, Political economy

JEL Classification: B20; B53; D70

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J. and Marciano, Alain, The Past, Present and Future of Virginia Political Economy (December 6, 2015). Public Choice, 2015, Vol. 163, pp. 53-65. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2699846

Peter J. Boettke (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Alain Marciano

Université de Montpellier ( email )

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France

French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) - Laboratoire d'économie théorique et appliquée (LAMETA) ( email )

Montpellier
France

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