Political Theory

Democracy and Individual Liberty


This conference discussed classical and new theories of democracy and to consider traditional critiques of democracy in light of "new" ones proposed by Public Choice Theory and Austrian Economics.


Conference Readings

Bobbio, Norberto. Liberalism and Democracy: Radical Thinkers. New York: Verso, 1988.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 1: The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1999.

Caplan, Bryan. The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Cohen, Joshua and Archon Fung. “Radical Democracy.” Swiss Journal of Political Science 10, no. 4 (2004): 23-34.

Frey, Bruno S. “Direct Democracy: Politico-Economic Lessons from Swiss Experience.” The American Economic Review 84, no. 2 (May 1994): 338-342.

Gutmann, Amy and Dennis Thompson, “Why Deliberative Democracy is Different” In Democracy, edited by Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jr. and Jeffrey Paul, 161-180. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Hayek, Friedrich A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3: The Political Order of a Free People. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. Democracy: The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2011.

Mackie, Gerry. Democracy Defended. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Melo, Marcus Andre, “Democratizing Budgetary Decisions and Execution in Brazil: More Participation or Redesign of Formal Institutions?” In Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America, edited by Andrew Selee and Enrique Peruzzotti, 17-39. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2009.

Pincione, Guido and Fernando Tesón. Rational Choice and Democratic Deliberation. A Theory of Discourse Failure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Pipes, Richard. Property and Freedom (First Edition). New York: Vintage Books, 2000.