Political Theory

Federalism and Limited Government


This conference explored the political and economic aspects of federalism and its role in the institutional organization and preservation of a limited government. The sessions were structured to deal with the political aspects of federalism during the first three sessions, and with the economics of federalism during the last three.


Conference Readings

Carey, George W. and James McClellan, eds. The Federalist, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Bednar, Jenna, William N. Eskridge Jr., and John Ferejohn, "A Political Theory of Federalism." in Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule, Edited by Ferejohn, John, John Riley, and Jack N. Rakove, 223-267. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 9: The Power to Tax. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 18: Federalism, Liberty, and the Law. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Gibson, Edward and Tulia Falleti, "Unity by the Stick: Regional Conflict and the Origins of Argentine Federalism." in Federalism and Democracy in Latin America, edited by Edward L. Gibson, 226-254. Baltimore: Hopkins University Press, 2004.

Migué, Jean-Luc. Federalism and Free Trade, Hobart Paper 122. London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 1993.

Spiller, Pablo T. and Mariano Tommasi. Institutional Foundations of Public Policy In Argentina. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2010.