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Some Reflections on The Calculus of Consent


Brooks, MA, Some Reflections on The Calculus of Consent, Constitutional Political Economy, 8, (1) pp. 3-14. ISSN 1043-4062 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1009099504211


Buchanan and Tullock claim in The Calculus of Consent that their analysis does not depend for its validity on the assumption of homo economicus. Some thirty years later Brennan and Buchanan argued that homo economicus is the relevant assumption for institutional design. If the prime task of comparative institutional analysis is conceived to be how the views and interests held by one individual can be reconciled with the views and interests of others, then either altruistic or self-centred behavior can be relevant to the analysis depending on the case at hand. Buchanan and Tullock's claim is therefore not without some justification. © 1997 Kluwer Academic Publishers,.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Welfare economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brooks, MA (Associate Professor Michael Brooks)
ID Code:11617
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-12

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