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Professor of law and economics at George Mason University
Gordon Tullock

Gordon Tullock (13 February 1922 – 3 November 2014) was an economist and professor of law and economics at the George Mason University School of Law. He is best known for his work on public choice theory, the application of economic thinking to political issues. He is one of the founding figures in his field.


Tullock, Gordon (1922- ), by Paul Dragos Aligica, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay
Gordon Tullock is an economist and a sociologist ... [H]is work has a special relevance for 20th-century libertarianism. His studies on bureaucracies, rent seeking, economic theory of anarchy, and constitutional governance have questioned the "disastrous orthodoxies" of the day regarding the nature, role, and functioning of the state and have challenged what he called the terrible superstition that the government should operate the economy. At the same time, he advanced the frontiers of political economy by creating the intellectual tools that are today used to bolster libertarian arguments and a libertarian agenda.
Related Topic: Government


Feb 1922, in Rockford, Illinois


3 Nov 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa


Independent Institute, In Memoriam Research Fellow
Eris Society, 1988, "Why I Like to Respond to Marxists"


Interview with James Buchanan, by James M. Buchanan, The Region, Sep 1995
Topics include The Calculus of Consent, public choice theory, monetary policy and the Federal Reserve
Buchanan: ... Gordon Tullock came to the University of Virginia in 1958 on a postdoctoral scholarship, after having spent nine years in the U.S. Department of State. He was much more of a realist about politics, naturally, than I would have been. He started to work specifically on majority rule, influenced a good deal by Duncan Black and Anthony Downs and also to some extent by Arrow. We started working together and out of that came The Calculus of Consent (1962) ... After that we organized and started up a journal ... Tullock took charge of editing it.

Books Authored

Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure
    by William C. Mitchell, Randy T. Simmons, Gordon Tullock (foreword), Independent Institute, Sep 1994
Partial contents: Market Failures and Political Solutions: Orthodoxy - In Dispraise of Politics: Some Public Choice - Understanding Property, Markets, the Firm and the Law - Case Studies in the Anatomy of Government Failure
Related Topic: Politics
The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy, by James M. Buchanan, Gordon Tullock, 1962
Partial contents: The Individualistic Postulate - Politics and the Economic Nexus - Individual Rationality in Social Choice - A Generalized Economic Theory of Constitutions - The Rule of Unanimity - Majority Rule, Game Theory, and Pareto Optimality
Related Topics: Democracy, Voting

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