Although Anthony de Jasay’s notable treatise belongs to public-choice theory, it strays from standard public choice in important ways, especially on the issue of public goods and coercive taxation. Highlighting these differences can illuminate our understanding of the state and the prospects for constraining it.

Pierre Lemieux is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and an Economist in the Department of Management Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (Canada).
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Other Independent Review articles by Pierre Lemieux
Summer 2021 The Impossibility of Populism
Winter 2015/16 From Lemonade Stands to 2065
Summer 2006 Social Welfare, State Intervention, and Value Judgments
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