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The book, written by J. M. Buchanan and G. Tullock (University of Michigan Press, 1962), deals with the analysis of political processes by the methods of economics. Useful insights have been developed by applying the decisionmaking logic of economic theory to a wide range of political questions. Although he is in general accord with the authors, this reviewer points out a few areas of disagreement.

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