Public Choice

, Volume 164, Issue 1–2, pp 181–183 | Cite as

David Reisman: James Buchanan

Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, 2015, 251 pp, USD 115.00 (cloth)
  • Randall G. Holcombe
Book Review

Anyone interested in the ideas of James Buchanan will find this book worthwhile. Readers who have only a passing familiarity with Buchanan’s work will get a good overview of Buchanan’s orientation to economics and political philosophy, while readers who know much of his work will find that Reisman’s summary of Buchanan’s ideas provides a good foundation for understanding how individual articles and books fit into Buchanan’s larger framework.

Reisman (p. 10) cites many economists who have noted the remarkable consistency in the theme and outlook of Buchanan’s work over more than half a century of scholarship, including Buchanan himself, reflecting on his own work. While Reisman does not say so, it is apparent that one of his goals is to describe Buchanan’s ideas within that consistent framework. As such, the book does not critique Buchanan’s ideas, but explains them. The book has extensive citations to Buchanan’s work, making it easy for readers who want to follow up on particular...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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