How well do Tullock’s views on social policy, interest groups, and rent seeking apply to current discussions of inequality and redistribution? One thing to consider in evaluating Tullock’s analysis is whether or not his neglect of one motive for redistributionism—the wish to promote greater equality—lessens his relevance for today’s debates.

Randall G. Holcombe is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, and author of the Independent book Liberty in Peril: Democracy and Power in American History.
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