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Buchanan on Freedom


  • Geoffrey Brennan

    (Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia - Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA)

  • Michael Brooks

    (School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania, Australia)


Our object is to explicate Buchanan's conception of individual liberty and to trace its connection to the 'working themes' in his corpus-anarchy, contract, constitution, Pareto optimality, 'public choice' and so on. In doing so, we investigate a number of tensions in Buchanan's conception-between a libertarian affinity with anarchy and constitutional contractarianism; and that between procedural liberalism and classical liberalism.

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  • Geoffrey Brennan & Michael Brooks, 2012. "Buchanan on Freedom," Economics Working Paper from Condorcet Center for political Economy at CREM-CNRS 2012-10-ccr, Condorcet Center for political Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:tut:cccrwp:2012-10-ccr

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    1. Michael Brooks, 2015. "Analytic conservatism and analytic radicalism: Of understated distinctions and other analytical things," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 26(4), pages 442-454, December.

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    Freedom; Liberty; Anarchy; Constitutional Contractarianism;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D79 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Other

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