Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

The Attempted Sliming of Gordon Tullock

| May 18, 2019

A few days ago I received a strange and unexpected notification in the form of a tweet. Calvin TerBeek, a political science PhD student at the University of Chicago, claimed that he had evidence showing: “In 1967, Gordon Tullock, James Buchanan’s frequent public choice co-author, wrote a book review for National Review praising an effort […]

Mancur Olson and the ‘Public Choice Circle’

| May 13, 2019

Did James M. Buchanan ideologically exclude scholars who sat to the political left of him from the “public choice circle” in the formative years of the subfield? That’s the claim in an older post by Brad DeLong, which sparked a renewed discussion and subsequent commentary from him over the weekend. DeLong’s post consists of a […]