James Buchanan’s political liberalism did not, as some believe, arise from his notions of “contractarianism.” Instead, it is more accurate to characterize Buchanan as a “communitarian philosopher” whose political use of the unanimity principle led him to his classical-liberal position.

Hartmut Kliemt is professor of philosophy and economics and vice president of research at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
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