1. The Shaftesbury Papers series

Books in this series

TOTAL: 14
  1. classical liberalism and civil society

    classical liberalism and civil society

    Edited by Charles K. Rowley
    This impressive book brings together four essays, which along with an insightful introduction from Charles Rowley, provide a robust defence of the concept of classical liberalism in modern ‘civil’ society. Learn More
    1998   Hardback Price: $ 204.00   Web: $ 183.60
    Availability: In Stock
  2. Promises, Promises

    Promises, Promises

    Paul H. Rubin
    Promises, Promises examines from a libertarian perspective, the differing methods and levels of success of adapting contract law in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and especially Russia in the wake of political change. The author analyses the roles of government power and policy, opportunism and private regulatory mechanisms within the pattern of change. Learn More
    1998   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: In Stock
  3. Ethnic Diversity, Liberty and the State

    Ethnic Diversity, Liberty and the State

    Mwangi S. Kimenyi
    Ethnic Diversity, Liberty and the State is an insightful study of highly centralized, unitary systems of government and the breakdown of civil society in sub-Saharan Africa. The author argues persuasively that institutional reform involving decentralization and federalism can better accommodate ethnic diversity in the area. Learn More
    1998   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: In Stock
  4. Lessons for Citizens of a New Democracy

    Lessons for Citizens of a New Democracy

    Peter C. Ordeshook
    Lessons for Citizens of a New Democracy provides an authoritative analysis of the foundations of democracy, with relation to the demise of communist ideology. This significant contribution by a leading expert details the tentative process towards democracy in the successor states of the former Soviet Union and attempts to prioritise the issues of central importance in structuring a new democratic state. Learn More
    1998   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: In Stock
  5. Liberalism Defended

    Liberalism Defended

    Douglas B. Rasmussen, Douglas J. Den Uyl
    Liberalism is today under serious intellectual attack. It is said to undermine its own principles, to have lost any strong claims to universal validity, and to foster injustice and inhumanity. Liberalism is associated with Enlightenment thought and is considered by some as an outmoded political philosophy. Professors Rasmussen and Den Uyl take up this challenge to liberalism. They show that liberalism is not locked into traditional ways of understanding itself and has the capacity to enrich itself by intellectual traditions not usually associated with liberalism. Learn More
    1998   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: In Stock
  6. THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE MINIMAL STATE

    THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE MINIMAL STATE

    Edited by Charles K. Rowley
    This major new book brings together four essays which rigorously defend classical liberal philosophy and present a convincing justification of the minimal state. Learn More
    1996   Hardback Price: $ 159.00   Web: $ 143.10
    Availability: In Stock
  7. Classical Liberalism in the Age of Post Communism

    Classical Liberalism in the Age of Post Communism

    Norman Barry
    Classical Liberalism in the Age of Post–Communism reconstructs the theory of classical liberalism as a unified doctrine that encompasses political economy, jurisprudence and social philosophy. Norman Barry’s essay provides explanations of the market economy, entrepreneurship, property rights theory and constitutionalism from a classical liberal perspective. The main elements of this doctrine are defended by Professor Barry against the criticisms of egalitarians, communitarians and the new reconstructed socialists. Despite some intellectual and practical successes the classical liberal doctrine has failed to capture the imagination of the establishment in the social sciences or the support of the electorate at large. Professor Barry shows how classical liberal public choice theory can counteract the apparent decline of the doctrine and enable us to explore the meanings of liberty, social justice and law in the context of contemporary social theory. Learn More
    1996   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: In Stock
  8. Before Resorting to Politics

    Before Resorting to Politics

    Anthony de Jasay
    Before Resorting to Politics is an original account of liberty and property which questions the morality and utility of political solutions and seeks to de-politicise society. Learn More
    1996   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: Out of Stock
  9. Adam Smith into the Twenty First Century

    Adam Smith into the Twenty First Century

    Edwin G. West
    Adam Smith into the Twenty-First Century examines how Smith’s deliberations on constitutional economics can now be tested by current empirical work in the social sciences. Edwin West shows how Smith’s scepticism about the proposition that democracy is conducive to economic growth is supported by modern research. Current social science is also shown to support Smith’s views that government improves with the expansion of trade and that liberty is strongly associated with growing prosperity. Smith’s argument that personal freedom to act should be allowed providing that the ‘laws of justice’ are not violated is compared with J.S. Mill’s view that liberty should be allowed except where ‘harm to others’ may thereby be prevented. Learn More
    1996   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: In Stock
  10. Economic Policy in a Liberal Democracy

    Economic Policy in a Liberal Democracy

    Richard E. Wagner
    In Economic Policy in a Liberal Democracy, Richard E. Wagner offers an approach to welfare economics and economic policy appropriate for a classically liberal society. Learn More
    1995   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: Out of Stock
  11. PROPERTY AS A GUARANTOR OF LIBERTY

    PROPERTY AS A GUARANTOR OF LIBERTY

    James M. Buchanan
    Defences for regimes of private property ownership are normally grounded on economic efficiency arguments. In Property as a Guarantor of Liberty a different approach is taken, one that grounds the defence of private property ownership on the protection it affords to individual liberty. Several interesting implications emerge from the analysis, including an explanation of the desire by individuals for ownership of consumer durable goods. A direct implication of this analysis is that constitutional limits must be in place, prior to any exercise of democratic governance, to constrain overt political intrusions into rights of property. The confusion that has corrupted Western attitudes, and that threatens to close off the opportunities now presented to emerging post-socialist societies, involves a failure to recognise that ‘constitutional’ must be placed in front of the word ‘democracy’ if the political equity of individuals is to contain any meaningful measure of freedom and autonomy. Learn More
  12. PARCHMENT, GUNS AND CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER

    PARCHMENT, GUNS AND CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER

    Richard E. Wagner
    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. Learn More
    1993   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: In Stock
  13. RENT SEEKING

    RENT SEEKING

    Gordon Tullock
    This is a succinct but comprehensive account of the research programme in rent-seeking launched in 1967 by Gordon Tullock’s argument that the availability of monopoly rents through government encourages self-seeking individuals to waste economic resources in competitive bidding for those rents. Learn More
    1993   Paperback Price: $ 21.00   Web: $ 16.80
    Availability: In Stock
  14. Property Rights and the Limits of Democracy

    Property Rights and the Limits of Democracy

    Edited by Charles K. Rowley
    Property rights lie at the heart of the economic success of any economy and the extent to which its citizens enjoy economic freedom. At a time when Eastern Europe is breaking free from the yoke of collectivist–socialist ideas, this book presents essays by four political economists evaluating a range of feasible reforms intended to breathe new life into constitutional republicanism. Learn More
    1993   Hardback Price: $ 168.00   Web: $ 151.20
    Availability: Out of Stock