Democracy

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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Celebrating University Press Week: November 9-16

by Phillip Witteveen November 10, 2014

The publishing community celebrates University Press Week November 9-16, 2014. University presses provide access to ideas, playing a unique role in fostering scholarship. Each university press has a diverse list of titles, shaped by their history, directors, acquisitions editors, location, and parent institutions. With titles ranging from maritime studies to folklore and field guides, the unique history and culture of the Mitten State and its Great Lakes are traced in print via the publishing activity of our three university presses. From Michigan State University Press: Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow provides a fresh look at an important moment in the history of Michigan and Canada. Brian […]

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Heberlig and Larson Honored with the D.B. Hardeman Prize

by Phillip Witteveen September 5, 2014

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation’s D.B. Hardeman Prize celebrates its 26th honoree this October, with a gala and $10,000 award for what it deems the year’s “most significant book on the U.S. Congress.”  The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce that this year’s winners of the D.B. Hardeman prize are our very own Eric S. Heberlig and Bruce A. Larson for their outstanding Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control. Their book is a disquisition on what it means to compete in an electoral process where money is such an important factor. “Heberlig and Larson get […]

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Three Press Titles Included in Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection

by Meredith Kahn October 9, 2013

Knowledge Unlatched–a project to fund open access monographs in the humanities and social sciences published by academic presses—has released its pilot collection, twenty-eight new books from thirteen presses. The University of Michigan Press is excited to participate in this project, with the inclusion of three titles: Law, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorism, Roger Douglas Roger Douglas compares responses to terrorism by five liberal democracies—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand—over the past 15 years. He examines each nation’s development and implementation of counterterrorism law, specifically in the areas of information-gathering, the definition of terrorist offenses, […]

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S. Laurel Weldon speaks with New Books in Political Science podcast

by Phillip Witteveen April 5, 2013

Press author S. Laurel Weldon recently appeared on the New Books network’s New Books in Political Science to discuss her Victoria Schuck Award-winning book, When Protest Meets Policy. Weldon’s main line of inquiry has been into a broader look at representation and where this interest of political science banks sharply into sociology, where it has become left somewhat unattended. Social movements as a mechanism of the democratic process, Weldon argues, are an incredibly important aspect of modern democracy. “In Political Science, we have focused a lot more on the ideas movements have, and organizations  as the manifestations of ideas,” Weldon said. […]

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