Reading the Hermeneutics of Suspicion with Suspicion: A Review Essay on Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains

17 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2018 Last revised: 8 Jan 2019

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Ross B. Emmett

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for the Study of Economic Liberty; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: December 31, 2018

Abstract

A review of Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America that focuses on the implications of her historiographic method in reading Jim Buchanan's work, and the resulting failure to take seriously the underlying framework of constitutional political economy that informed both Jim Buchanan's and Frank H. Knight's work.

Keywords: James M. Buchanan, Frank H. Knight, Democracy in Chains, Abram Harris

JEL Classification: B25, Y30

Suggested Citation

Emmett, Ross B., Reading the Hermeneutics of Suspicion with Suspicion: A Review Essay on Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains (December 31, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3187542 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3187542

Ross B. Emmett (Contact Author)

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