Gordon Tullock: Master of the Muck and Mire

  • Alan Lockard


Some 20 years ago Gordon Tullock wrote the article on “Efficient Rent Seeking” which begins this collection. He submitted it the Journal of Political Economy, which rejected it. The article was eventually published in Towards a Theory of the Rent-Seeking Society, and spawned an enormous literature, a portion of which is reproduced in this volume. At the time we began compiling this collection, the article had been cited over 200 times, and I am sure that figure will continue to grow. The article clearly qualifies as a seminal contribution to the rent-seeking literature.


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  1. 1.
    His comments on articles in this area have titles such as Back to the bog, Another part of the swamp,and Still somewhat muddy: A comment.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    See Brady and Tollison, 1991, Gordon Tullock: Creative maverick ofpublic choice.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    See Tullock, 1997, Where’s the rectangle?Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    See Efficient Rent Seeking,the lead article in this volume.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Lockard
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  1. 1.Center for the Study of Public ChoiceGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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