Rev Austrian Econ (2012) 25:279–281 DOI 10.1007/s11138-012-0177-5 A review of John Meadowcroft, James M. Buchanan, Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers, volume 17, Continuum, New-York, London, 2011 Alain Marciano Published online: 9 March 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012 It might seem useless to write again on the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in economics. Yet, despite the importance and influence (as the fourth chapter of John Meadow- croft’s book shows) of James Buchanan on modern economics, it is always surprising to see how little the writings and ideas of one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century are known in the discipline. Publishing another book about Buchanan is therefore not useless—or, at least, I believe it is not. It is worthwhile to disseminate and publicize his ideas to a large audience. This is what Jonh Meadowcroft’s book does and it does it well. From this perspective, it is well worth reading. Certainly, those who have read or studied Buchanan’s works will not find new information in the book, but they will nonetheless find some claims that would be interesting to discuss. Those who are less familiar with Buchanan will find the book to be a source of valuable
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