The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy


A scientific study of the political and economic factors influencing democratic decision making
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A scientific study of the political and economic factors influencing democratic decision making
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472061006
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1962
  • Series: Ann Arbor Paperbacks
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

James McGill Buchanan
Pt. I The conceptual framework
1 Introduction 3
2 The individualistic postulate 11
3 Politics and the economic nexus 16
4 Individual rationality in social choice 30
Pt. II The realm of social choice
5 The organization of human activity 41
6 A generalized economic theory of constitutions 60
7 The rule of unanimity 81
8 The costs of decision-making 93
Pt. III Analyses of decision-making rules
9 The structure of the models 115
10 Simple majority voting 127
11 Simple majority voting and the theory of games 143
12 Majority rule, game theory, and Pareto optimality 165
13 Pareto optimality, external costs, and income redistribution 182
14 The range and extent of collective action 192
15 Qualified majority voting rules, representation, and the interdependence of constitutional variables 202
16 The bicameral legislature 222
17 The orthodox model of majority rule 237
Pt. IV The economics and the ethics of democracy
18 Democratic ethics and economic efficiency 253
19 Pressure groups, special interests, and the constitution 269
20 The politics of the good society 281
App. 1 Marginal notes on reading political philosophy 291
App. 2 Theoretical forerunners 310
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