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Wagner on Public Choice


  • Richard E. Wagner


This paper treats the development of public choice as an academic enterprise that originated at the University of Virginia and that grew to maturity at VPI. It seeks to distinguish between the particularistic and personal sources of programmatic success on the one hand, and institutional and organizational sources on the other. Only to the extent the success is institutional or organizational is there something that potentially can be duplicated through the adoption of an appropriate institutional framework. Otherwise the success is idiosyncratic, and must be attributed to the particular qualities of James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, independently of the institutional and organizational framework. Copyright 2004 American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc..

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  • Richard E. Wagner, 2004. "Wagner on Public Choice," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 63(1), pages 55-74, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ajecsc:v:63:y:2004:i:1:p:55-74

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    1. Z. Spindler, 1990. "Constitutional design for a rent-seeking society: Voting rule choice," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 1(3), pages 73-82, September.
    2. Gardner, B. Delworth, 1997. "The Political Economy Of Public Land Use," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 22(01), July.
    3. Ulrich Witt, 1992. "The emergence of a protective agency and the constitutional dilemma," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 3(2), pages 255-266, March.
    4. Jean-Michel Josselin & Alain Marciano, 2000. "Displacing your Principal. Two Historical Case Studies of Some Interest for the Constitutional Future of Europe," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 217-233, November.
    5. Gerald Gaus, 1991. "Public justification and democratic adjudication," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 2(3), pages 251-281, September.
    6. James Dorn, 1991. "Madison's constitutional political economy: Principles for a liberal order," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 2(2), pages 163-186, March.
    7. John Mbaku, 1995. "Preparing Africa for the twenty-first century: Lessons from constitutional economics," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 139-160, June.
    8. Anton Lowenberg & Ben Yu, 1992. "Efficient constitution formation and maintenance: The role of “exit”," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 51-72, December.
    9. William Niskanen, 1990. "Conditions affecting the survivial of constitutional rules," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 1(2), pages 53-62, March.
    10. Charlotte Twight, 1992. "Constitutional renegotiation: Impediments to consensual revision," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 89-112, December.

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