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Bootleggers, Baptists and ballots: coalitions in Arkansas’ alcohol-legalization elections

Yandle (Regulation 7(3):12–16, 1983) proposed a “bootleggers and Baptists” framework to explain political coalition formation. Using mandatory disclosure reports, I document actual examples of such coalitions in Arkansas county-level elections to …


James M. Buchanan centennial birthday academic conference: an introduction to the special issue

This special issue brings together the papers presented and discussed at the James M. Buchanan Centennial Birthday Academic Conference hosted at Middle Tennessee State University. The papers appraise and extend Buchanan’s contributions to the …


Public expenditures and the risk of social dominance

Based on the observation of an unabated trend towards higher social spending-to-GDP ratios in advanced countries, the study analyzes the risk of social dominance, a situation in which social expenditures dominate fiscal policy and undermine …


1956 in Hungary: as I saw it then and as I see it now

Many scholars and commentators have discussed the events of 1956 in Hungary, revealing the identities of the participating groups they claim to represent in those events, for which they likewise are entitled to be competent advocates. This essay …


Rediscovering Buchanan’s rediscovery: non-market exchange versus antiseptic allocation

While Buchanan is best known for the economics of politics and constitutions, his seminal contributions to this field are but one branch of his more underlying methodology and approach to doing social science. Buchanan’s fundamental project was to …

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Public Choice studies the intersection between economics and political science. The journal plays a central role in fostering exchange between economists and political scientists, enabling both communities to explain and learn from each other’s perspectives.

This journal’s roots are in the application of economic methods to problems normally dealt with by political scientists. While it retains strong traces of economic methodology, currently it also addresses newly developed, effective techniques that are not within the domain of economists.

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