Parchment, Guns and Constitutional Order
The Shaftesbury Papers, 3
Автор(и) : Richard E. Wagner
Издател : Edward Elgar Publishing
Място на издаване : Vermont, USA
Година на издаване : 1993
ISBN : 1-85278-839-9
Брой страници : 75
Език : английски
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In this far-reaching and insightful monograph, Richard Wagner exposes the failure of the United States constitution to overcome the tyranny of the majority so feared by the Founding Fathers.
A written constitution is enforceable mainly through the construction of a self-supporting balance of private interests. Using this insight, Professor Wagner suggests a balance between the principles of good constitutional order and the impulse of self-interest necessary for the preservation of the rights to life, liberty and property. He concludes his analysis with an assessment of the prospects of converting the rent seeking state into an entrepreneurial state self-interestedly committed to classical liberal principles of constitutional order.
The author clearly demonstrates why the tyranny of the majority cannot be prevented by a written constitution unless the institutions of society are designed to offer complementary support to limited government and the rule of law. Parchment, Guns and Constitutional Order offers a solution designed to harness the political process to that objective.
"...the defense of liberty falls anew on each generation, as Hayek and others have noted. Would that Wagner's essay be read widely by the prideful moderns." -- David Schap, College of Holy Cross, Public Choice, 82: 193-196, March 1995
"Professor Wagner makes the eminently believable case that the parchment upon which our constitution is written does not afford much protection against creeping socialism..." --David N. Laband, Auburn University. Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. XXXIII, 835-836, June 1995
Richard E. Wagner
Richard E. Wagner, Hobart R. Harris Professor of Economics, is the Graduate Director of the Economics Department, George Mason University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1966. He joined the faculty of George Mason University in 1988, after having held positions at The University of California, Irvine, Tulane University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Auburn University and Florida State University.
Professor Wagner's fields of interest include public finance, macroeconomics, and political economy. He is the author of over 100 articles in professional journals and some 20 books and monographs, including Inheritance and the State, Democracy in Deficit, The Fiscal Organization of American Federalism, To Promote the General Welfare, Public Finance in a Democratic Society, and Public Choice and Constitutional Economics. He serves in an advisory relationship to such organizations as the Independent Institute, the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, the James Madison Institute for Public Policy Studies, the Public Interest Institute, and the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.