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Situating Southern Influences in James M. Buchanan and Modern Public Choice Economics

19 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2017  

Art Carden

Brock School of Business, Samford University; Independent Institute

Vincent Geloso

Texas Tech University

Phillip W. Magness

George Mason University - School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs; Berry College - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 25, 2017

Abstract

Was 1986 Nobel Laureate James Buchanan an intellectual heir of South Carolina slavery apologist and political thinker John C. Calhoun? Further, was Buchanan’s worldview shaped by segregationist Nashville Agrarian poet Donald Davidson? These are claims made by historian Nancy MacLean in her 2017 Democracy in Chains; however, documentary evidence from Buchanan’s Collected Works and other sources suggests that Calhoun and Davidson were not among his influences and that, therefore, MacLean’s attempt to locate Buchanan within the segregationist tradition in Southern political thinking is not supported by the historical record.

Keywords: James M. Buchanan, Democracy, John C. Calhoun

JEL Classification: B2, B31

Suggested Citation

Carden, Art and Geloso, Vincent and Magness, Phillip W., Situating Southern Influences in James M. Buchanan and Modern Public Choice Economics (July 25, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3008867

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Vincent Geloso

Texas Tech University ( email )

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Phillip W. Magness

George Mason University - School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs ( email )

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Berry College - Department of Economics ( email )

Mount Berry, GA 30149
United States

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