The Social Dilemma

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Overview

The Social Dilemma reflects Tullock’s contributions to areas of public choice that typically are ignored by mainstream scholars, who tend to focus on cooperative, democratic states. Tullock explores instead the workings of the dictatorial state and the economics of war between nations.

Charles K. Rowley is Duncan Black Professor of Economics at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy at George Mason University. He is also General Director of the Locke Institute.

The entire series includes:

Volume 1: Virginia Political Economy
Volume 2: The Calculus of Consent
Volume 3: The Organization of Inquiry (November 2004)
Volume 4: The Economics of Politics (February 2005)
Volume 5: The Rent-Seeking Society (March 2005)
Volume 6: Bureaucracy (June 2005)
Volume 7: The Economics and Politics of Wealth Redistribution (July 2005)
Volume 8: The Social Dilemma: Of Autocracy, Revolution, Coup d'Etat, and War (December 2005)
Volume 9: Law and Economics (December 2005)
Volume 10: Economics without Frontiers (January 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865975385
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, by Charles K. Rowley ix

1. THE ROOTS OF THE SOCIAL DILEMMA The Roots of Conflict 3
The Cooperative State 13
The Exploitative State 22

2. THE GOALS AND ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS OF AUTOCRACIES Introduction to Gordon Tullock's Autocracy 33
The Uses of Dictatorship 48
Becoming a Dictator 63
The Problem of Succession 82
Democracy and Despotism 107
Monarchies, Hereditary and Nonhereditary 141

3. REVOLUTION AND ITS SUPPRESSION Revolution and Welfare Economics 163
The Paradox of Revolution 174
The Economics of Repression 186
"Popular" Risings 201
Legitimacy and Ethics 225

4. THE COUP D'ETAT AND ITS SUPPRESSION Coup d'Etat: Structural Factors 261
The Theory of the Coup 273
Coups and Their Prevention 292

5. THE ECONOMICS OF WAR International Conflict: Two Parties 311
Agreement and Cheating 334
Three or More Countries and the Balance of Power 354
Epilogue to The Social Dilemma:
The Economics of War and Revolution
368

Index 371

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