Remembering Gordon Tullock

by Carolyn Darr November 14, 2014
Calculus of Consent by James M. Buchanan and Gordon Tullock

Gordon Tullock, one of the founding fathers of public choice theory, passed away November 4th at the age of 92. Originally intending to be a foreign trader, Tullock only took one economics class in his university studies, yet went on to completely change economic thinking by applying it to political issues. Along with his long time collaborator James Buchanan, Tullock produced The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy, a groundbreaking work in the new field of public choice. Growing up in Rockford, Illinois, Tullock attended the University of Chicago where he earned a J.D. in 1947 after serving […]

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Craig Maki talks ‘Detroit Country Music’ on Stateside

by Phillip Witteveen June 30, 2014

On Michigan Public Radio, Detroit Country Music co-author Craig Maki recently exhibited Detroit’s lesser-known country and bluegrass roots. Stemming from Appalachia to the West, intranational immigration to Southeast Michigan brought with it the blues-infused soul of  “the end of the 19th century cowboy experience.” Lured to Detroit “not only at the invitation of the automakers, but also family members would call their cousins or their in-laws to come up and join them,” a migrated, country culture made a kind of tensile contact with our more Northern sensibilities. Artists like the York Brothers re-imagined a Michigan of “Hamtramck Mama,” a single which was banned by that eponymous city’s mayor, […]

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Backlist Spotlight: ‘Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW’

by Phillip Witteveen June 3, 2014

Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW has long been recognized “essential reading for historians of labor and race in America,” and with the current interest in Detroit as well as labor issues nationwide, August Meier and Elliott Rudwick’s seminal title may be worth another look. The book began as an isolated case of the NAACP’s involvement with organized labor: the 1941 United Auto Worker’s strike against the Ford Motor Company. This strike, remembered as a crucial stage in the Association’s concern with economic issues and cooperation with unions, was only the impressive looking tip of the iceberg. “As our research proceeded,” wrote […]

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Kristin Goss Featured on “New Books in Political Science”

by Phillip Witteveen March 24, 2014

Kristin Goss recently appeared on the New Books in Political Science podcast, where she discussed her book The Paradox of Gender Equality. Her monograph is an examination of “women’s civic place” during 120 years of historical change. From the late 19th century, to the present day, Goss considers the evolution of women’s public interests—and the parallel evolution of “women’s presence on Capitol Hill”. “You didn’t pull off a little project,” says host Heath Brown, “this is a big project.” To break it down, Goss recounted two stories from Paradox, which capture the main argument of the book. The first took place in the wake of the Second World […]

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“Thundersnow” and the polar vortex make an appearance on The Colbert Report

by Meredith Kahn January 10, 2014

Paul Gross, meteorologist for local NBC affiliate WDIV and author of Extreme Michigan Weather was recently included in The Colbert Report‘s coverage of the polar vortex. You can see Paul at the 1:35 mark, warning viewers about “thundersnow.” To learn more about severe weather in the Great Lakes state, check out Extreme Michigan Weather, which is one of our many books on the region. Hat tip to our friends at WDIV for this story.

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