Books By: Buchanan, James M.

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Ideas, Persons, and Events By James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Hartmut Kliemt


This final volume (save for the Index) in Liberty Fund’s The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan acquaints us most intimately with the man himself. Included are essays and short pieces that shed light on Buchanan’s view of the world.

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The Limits of Liberty: Between Anarchy and Leviathan By James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Hartmut Kliemt


Published originally in 1975, The Limits of Liberty made James Buchanan’s name more widely known than ever before among political philosophers and theorists and established Buchanan, along with John Rawls and Robert Nozick, as one of the three new contractarians, standing on the shoulders of Hobbes, Locke, and Kant.

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The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty By James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Geoffrey Brennan, Hartmut Kliemt, and Robert D. Tollison


The thirty-one papers presented in this volume offer scholars and general readers alike a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest economists of the modern era. Many of Buchanan’s most important essays are gathered in this inaugural volume of the twenty-volume series from Liberty Fund of his Collected Works.

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Los límites de la libertad Por James M. Buchanan


Los límites de la libertad es una obra fundamental en el recorrido teórico de Buchanan. En ella, el pensamiento del autor se aparta de los diagnósticos positivos, que caracterizaron su trabajo previo, para centrarse en cuestiones de índole normativa cuyo eje es una indagación acerca de cómo deben ordenarse los asuntos políticos a fin de garantizar mejores resultados sociales. “Como han hecho tantos antes que yo -escribe el autor-, examino las bases para una sociedad de hombres y mujeres que quieren ser libres pero que reconocen los límites inherentes que la interdependencia social impone sobre ellos. La libertad individual no puede carecer de fronteras, pero las mismas fuerzas que hacen necesarios algunos límites pueden, si se les permite, restringir la amplitud de la libertad humana mucho más allá de lo sostenible”.

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Moral Science and Moral Order By James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Hartmut Kliemt


This volume presents a representative sampling of James M. Buchanan’s philosophical views as he deals with fundamental problems of moral science and moral order. As one might expect, Buchanan always goes back to fundamental principles first. From there, his observations and conclusions range far and wide from his own discipline.

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Morality and Community in the Extended Market Order (DVD) By James M. Buchanan


In celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of Friedrich von Hayek’s birth, Liberty Fund and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago present The Legacy of Friedrich von Hayek, a DVD series of seven lectures from outstanding scholars of Hayek’s work. The host and moderator for the lectures is the Chairman of the Committee on Social Thought, Professor Robert Pippin.

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Politics as Public Choice By James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Robert D. Tollison


This volume presents a collection of thirty-four essays and shorter works by James M. Buchanan that represent the brilliance of his founding work on public-choice theory.

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Politics by Principle, Not Interest: Toward Nondiscriminatory Democracy By James M. Buchanan and Roger D. Congleton
Foreword by Hartmut Kliemt


“Politics by principle is that which modern politics is not. What we observe is ‘politics by interest,’ whether in the form of explicitly discriminatory treatment (rewarding or punishing) of particular groupings of citizens or of some elitist-dirigiste classification of citizens into the deserving or non-deserving on the basis of a presumed superior wisdom about what is really ‘good’ for us all. The proper principle for politics is that of generalization of generality.”

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The Power to Tax: Analytical Foundations of a Fiscal Constitution By Geoffrey Brennan and James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Geoffrey Brennan


Commenting on his collaboration with Geoffrey Brennan on The Power to Tax, James M. Buchanan says that the book is “demonstrable proof of the value of genuine research collaboration across national-cultural boundaries.” Buchanan goes on to say that “The Power to Tax is informed by a single idea—the implications of a revenue-maximizing government.”

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Public Finance in Democratic Process: Fiscal Institutions and Individual Choice By James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Geoffrey Brennan


Public Finance in Democratic Process is James M. Buchanan’s monumental work that outlines the dynamics of individual choice as it is displayed in the process of public finance.

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Public Principles of Public Debt: A Defense and Restatement By James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Geoffrey Brennan


Public Principles of Public Debt is one of James M. Buchanan’s most important and influential books. The radical idea he conceived was that our reliance on public debt has amassed a sort of orthodoxy that is commonly—and needlessly—assumed by taxpayers, by politicians, and by economists themselves.

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The Reason of Rules: Constitutional Political Economy By Geoffrey Brennan and James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Robert D. Tollison


In his foreword, Robert D. Tollison identifies the main objective of Geoffrey Brennan and James M. Buchanan’s The Reason of Rules: “. . . a book-length attempt to focus the energies of economists and other social analysts on the nature and function of the rules under which ordinary political life and market life function.”

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