Political Theory

Liberty and the Challenges of Neutrality


This conference explored arguments in favor of and against governmental “neutrality” in the areas of constitutionalism, moral values, economics, and minority communities.


Conference Readings

Barro, Robert J. "Recent Developments in the Theory of Rules Versus Discretion." The Economic Journal 96 (1993): 23-37. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2232967?seq=1 (accessed October 6, 2009).

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of J. M. Buchanan, Volume 13: Politics as Public Choice. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000.

Buchanan, James M. “Afraid to be free: Dependency as desideratum.” Public Choice 124 (2005): 19-31.

Buchanan, James M. and Roger D. Congleton. Politics by Principle, Not Interest: Towards Nondiscriminatory Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

de Jasay, Anthony. "On Treating Like Cases Alike." The Independent Review 4, no. 1 (Summer 1999): 107-118. http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_04_1_jasay.pdf (accessed October6, 2009).

Galston, William. "Defending Liberalism." American Political Science 76, no. 3 (September 1982): 621-629. http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/1963735.pdf (accessed October 6, 2009).

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Kukathas, Chandran. The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Kymlicka, Will. Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Mill, John. “On Liberty and The Subjection of Women.” Henry Holt and Co. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/347/5973 on 2009-01-08 (May 22, 2009).

Rasmussen, Douglas and Douglas J. Den Uyl. Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005.

Rawls, John. Political Liberalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Sandel, Michael J. Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality and the Liberal Ideal. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Shane, Scott. "Why Encouraging More People to Become Entrepreneurs Is Bad Public Policy." Small Business Economics 33, no. 2 (June 2009): 141-149. http://www.springerlink.com/content/j02r20315w27/?p=7b622da28af048d08e3b08aa7e98f840&pi=0 (accessed October 6, 2009).

Thaler, Richard H. and Cass R. Sunstein. “Libertarian Paternalism Is Not an Oxymoron.” American Economic Review 93, no. 2 (May 2003): 175-179. http://www.rau.ro/intranet/Aer/2003/9302/93020175.pdf (accessed October 6, 2009).