Liberty and the Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy: “The Calculus of Consent” after Fifty Years


This conference assessed the contribution of The Calculus of Consent to our understanding of the processes of rule-making that undergird the constitutional order of a free society. To what extent does Public Choice further the original project of the framing of the United States Constitution? What are the promises and limitations of Public Choice? How has The Calculus of Consent fared after fifty years?


Conference Readings

Madison, James. The Writings of James Madison, comprising his Public Papers and his Private Correspondence. Edited by Gaillard Hunt. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1900.

Washington, George. George Washington: A Collection. Edited by W. B. Allen. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund. Inc., 1988. (accessed November 22, 2011).

Buchanan, James and Gordon Tullock. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 3: The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1999.

Dougherty, Keith L. and Julian Edward. The Calculus of Consent and Constitutional Design. New York: Springer, 2011.

Elliot, Jonathan. The Debates in the Several State Conventions of the Adoption of the Federal Constitution. Washington, DC: Published under the Sanction of Congress, 1827.

Hamilton, Alexander, John Jay, and James Madison. The Federalist. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Rawls, John. “Justice as Fairness.” The Philosophical Review (April 1958): 164-194. (accessed November 22, 2011).