John Trasher: Democracy Unchained: Contractualism, Individualism, and Independence in Buchanan’s Democratic Theory

Contrary to the claims of some of his critics, James Buchanan was an ardent democrat. In his paper “ Democracy Unchained: Contractualism, Individualism, and Independence in Buchanan’s Democratic Theory“ NOUS member John Trasher argues that Buchanan’s conception of democratic governance organized by a contractually justified constitution is highly distinctive because Continue Reading…

Ross B. Emmet: James M. Buchanan and Frank H. Knight on democracy as “government by discussion”

Among twentieth-century inheritors of the classical liberal mantle, the notion that democracy could be understood as “government by discussion” is found most prominently in the work of Frank H. Knight and James M. Buchanan. In this paper, NOUS Member Ross Emmet compares Knight and Buchanan’s use of the expression “democracy Continue Reading…

Niclas Berggren & Jerg Gutmann: Securing personal freedom through institutions

In his latest Research Paper, NOUS Member Niclas Berggren together with Jerg Gutmann explores how judicial independence and electoral democracy impact personal freedom. The results are quite surprising: „While judicial independence is positively and robustly related to personal freedom in all its forms, electoral democracy displays a robust, positive relationship Continue Reading…