Liberty Review

Liberty Review features a selection of abstracts of recently published articles in academic journals. Summaries are selected by Liberty Fund Fellows on the basis both of their own research interests and of their relevance for Liberty Fund’s mission: to contribute to the preservation and development of individual liberty through research and educational activities.

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Here are the 10 latest posts from Liberty Review.

Liberty Review March 25, 2019

Do Social Rights Affect Social Outcomes?

CHRISTIAN BJØRNSKOV, JACOB MCHANGAMA AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Abstract: While the United Nations and NGOs are pushing for global judicialization of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCRs), little is known of their consequences. We provide evidence of the effects of introducing three types of ESCRs into the constitution: the rights to education, health, and […]

Liberty Review March 18, 2019

Sir James Steuart on the Origins of Commercial Nations

JOSÉ M. MENUDO JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT, Volume 40, Issue 4 Abstract: This paper examines James Steuart’s explanation of the emergence of commercial nations. Unlike other Scottish thinkers of the time, Steuart argues that artifice is necessary for the rise of commercial societies. He uses the term “artificial” to refer to a […]

Liberty Review March 11, 2019

Legitimacy as Public Willing: Kant on Freedom and the Law

JAKOB HUBER RATIO JURIS, Volume 32, Issue 1, Page 102-116, March 2019. Introduction: Governments affect their citizens’ lives in significant ways and often against their will. They require them to pay taxes, fight wars, keep agreements, and much more. In short, they claim the right to change the normative situation of their subjects in many […]

Liberty Review March 4, 2019

Thoughts on a Thinker-Based Approach to Freedom Of Speech

ERIC BARENDT LAW AND PHILOSOPHY Abstract: While agreeing with Seana Shiffrin that any free speech theory must depend on assumptions about our need for free thinking, I am sceptical about her claim that her thinker-based approach provides the best explanation for freedom of speech. Her argument has some similarities with Mill’s argument from truth and […]

Liberty Review February 18, 2019

Regressive effects of regulation

DIANA W. THOMAS PUBLIC CHOICE Abstract: Regulation of health and safety has placed an unacknowledged burden on low-income households and workers. Billions of dollars are spent every year on regulations that seek to reduce life-threatening risks that arise from auto travel, air travel, air and water pollution, food, drugs and construction; the list goes on. Today, […]

Liberty Review February 11, 2019

Takings of Land by Self-Interested Governments: Economic Analysis of Eminent Domain

HANS-BERND SCHÄFER, RAM SINGH THE JOURNAL OF LAW AND ECONOMICS, Volume 61, No. 3 Abstract: In this paper, we model and examine the effects of two salient features of eminent-domain law and its use. First, the compensation is less than full. Second, the government is not a perfect agent of society. Once these features are taken […]

Liberty Review February 4, 2019

Ludwig von Mises on war and the economy

CHRISTOPHER J. COYNE THE REVIEW OF AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS Abstract: In 1919, in the wake of the Central Power’s defeat in World War I, Ludwig von Mises published his second book, Nation, State, and Economy. The book explores the consequences of war and the type of political and economic arrangements likely to generate a lasting peace in the […]

Liberty Review January 14, 2019

The efficiency of regulatory arbitrage

VLAD TARKO, ANDREW FARRANT PUBLIC CHOICE Abstract: Classic public choice skepticism about the regulatory state, based on theories of rent-seeking, rent extraction and regulatory capture, is based on the unrealistic, and usually unstated, assumption of a monopolist regulator. In practice, the regulatory state is polycentric, involving numerous quasi-independent agencies with overlapping responsibilities. This has led to […]

Liberty Review January 7, 2019

The physiological basis of psychological disgust and moral judgments

TRACY, J.L., STECKLER, C.M., & HELTZEL, G. JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Abstract: To address ongoing debates about whether feelings of disgust are causally related to moral judgments, we pharmacologically inhibited spontaneous disgust responses to moral infractions and examined effects on moral thinking. Findings demonstrated, first, that the antiemetic ginger (Zingiber officinale), known to inhibit […]

Liberty Review December 10, 2018

The age of mass migration in Latin America

BLANCA SÁNCHEZ‐ALONSO THE ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW Abstract: The experiences of Latin American countries are not fully incorporated into current debates concerning the age of mass migration, even though 13 million Europeans migrated to the region between 1870 and 1930. This survey draws together different aspects of the Latin America immigration experience. Its main objective is to […]

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