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Publications [#250185] of Michael C. Munger

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  1. Brennan, G; Munger, M, The soul of James Buchanan?, Independent Review, vol. 18 no. 3 (Winter, 2014), pp. 331-342, The Independant Institute, ISSN 1086-1653
    (last updated on 2019/08/20)

    The article reflects on the views and life of James M. Buchanan. The Buchanan family had a political past: Buchanan's grandfather had briefly been governor of Tennessee in the early 1890s as a member of the populist People's Party. This party was a coalition of agrarian interests mainly poor cotton and wheat farmers from the South and the West. Throughout his professional career, Buchanan called himself a classical liberal. As indicated, this was something he learned from Frank Knight and that he held accordingly as a matter of intellectual conviction rather than personal inclination, which he always acknowledged was closer to 'libertarian socialist.'. He viewed politics as arising from agreements. But the agreements were founded in a notion of exchange rather than in some fixed notion of consensus on a single policy or choice. As a consequence, his conception of politics was encompassing and multidimensional, allowing agreement to be achieved through accommodations or compromises such as logrolls.

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