Political Theory

Liberty, Democracy, and Constitutional Government


The conference addressed the basic purposes of constitutions and their status as fundamental law, explored questions of constitutional design, and examined what form of constitution best promotes personal liberty.


From Liberty Fund

Select Works of Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France

by By Edmund Burke
Compiled and with a Foreword and Notes by Francis Canavan

Originally published by Oxford University Press in the 1890s, the famed three-volume Payne edition of Select Works is universally revered by students of English history and political thought. Faithfully reproduced in each volume are E. J. Payne’s notes and introductory essays. Francis Canavan, one of the great Burke scholars of…

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Additional Readings

Hunt, Gaillard, eds. The Writings of James Madison, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.

The Anti-Federalist Papers.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 16: Choice, Contract, and Constitutions. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Constant, Benjamín. Principios de Política Aplicables a Todos los Gobiernos. Buenos Aires y Madrid: Liberty Fund/Katz, 2010.

Elster, Jon. Ulises Desatado. Estudios sobre Racionalidad, Precompromiso y Restricciones. Barcelona: Gedisa, 2002.

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

Hayek, Friedrich A. Los Fundamentos de la Libertad (6th Edition) [The Constitution of Liberty]. Translated by Jose Vicente Torrente. Madrid: Union Editorial, S.A., 1998.

Jefferson, Thomas. The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6 (1789-1792). Edited by Paul Leicester Ford. New York and London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904.

Paine, Thomas. The Writings of Thomas Paine (4 Volumes). Edited by Moncure Daniel Conway. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1894.