H. Geoffrey Brennan

H. Geoffrey Brennan

Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 201 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-5951
Methods, Political Economy, Political Institutions, Political Theory


  • Ph.D., Australian National University (Australia) 1976

Brennan, G, and Petit, P. The Economy of Esteem. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004.

Brennan, G, and Hamlin, A. Democratic Devices and Desires. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Brennan, G, and Lomasky, L. Democracy and Decision: the Pure Theory of Electoral Preference. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Brennan, G, and Buchanan, JM. The Reason of Rules: Constitutional Political Economy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Brennan, G, and Buchanan, JM. Monopoly in Money and Inflation. London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 1981.

Brennan, G, and Buchanan, JM. The Power to Tax: Analytical Foundations of a Fiscal Constitution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980.

Brennan, G, and Eusepi, G. "Buchanan, Hobbes and contractarianism: The supply of rules?." Constitutional Economics and Public Institutions. January 1, 2013. 17-34. Full Text

Brennan, G, and Anomaly, J. "Markets and Economic Theory." Sage Reference Encyclopedia for Philosophy in the Social Sciences. SAGE Publications, 2012.

Brennan, G. "Striving for the Middle Ground." Political Philosophy and Taxation. Ed. MO Neill and S Orr. OUP, 2012.

Brennan, G. "Political Leadership: A public choice view." Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership. Ed. PT Hart and R Rhodes. OUP, 2012.

Brennan, G. "Hume’s (Sugden’s) Psychopathy." Norms and Values. Ed. M Baurmann, G Brennan, and RGN Southwood. 2011.

Brennan, G, and Brooks, M. "Institutional and governance aspects of the Henry Tax Review." Australia’s Future Tax System. Ed. R Krever. 2010.

Brennan, G, and Eusepi, G. "Value and values, preferences and price: An economic perspective on ethical questions." The Economics of Ethics and the Ethics of Economics: Values, Markets and the State. December 1, 2009. 14-31.

Brennan, G. "Commitment to Exchange: the Theologian as Conversationalist." Embracing Grace. Ed. H Thompson. Barton Books, 2009. 153-166.

Brennan, G, and Eusepi, G. "Value and Values, Preferences and Prices." The Ethics of Economics and the Economics of Ethics. Ed. G Brennan and G Eusepi. Edward Elgar, 2009. 14-31.

Brennan, G, and Hamlin, A. "Bygones are Bygones." Perspectives in Moral Science. Ed. M Baurmann and B Lahno. Nomos Verlag, 2009. 157-175.


Brennan, G, and Hamlin, A. "Practical Conservatism." The Monist 99.4 (October 2016): 336-351. Full Text

Brennan, G. "Buchanan’s anti-conservatism." Public Choice 163.1-2 (April 2015): 7-13. Full Text

Brennan, G, and Munger, M. "The soul of James Buchanan?." Independent Review 18.3 (December 1, 2014): 331-342.

Brennan, G. ""For economists, everything must fit on a single screen"." Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 15.4 (December 1, 2014): 334-345.

Brennan, G, and Hamlin, A. "Comprehending conservatism: frameworks and analysis." Journal of Political Ideologies 19.2 (May 4, 2014): 227-239. Full Text

Brennan, G. "The political economy of public debt." Constitutional Political Economy 23.3 (September 2012): 182-198. Full Text

Brennan, G. "Keeping Company with Seabright." Biological Theory (2012).

Brennan, G, and Brooks, M. "On the Cashing-out Hypothesis and Hard and Soft Policies." european Journal of law and economics 27 (2011): 601-610.

Brennan, G, Hamlin, A, and Kliemt, H. "PPE: An appraisal." Politics, Philosophy & Economics 9.4 (November 2010): 363-365. Full Text

Brennan, G, and Pincus, JJ. "Fiscal Equity In Federal Systems." Review of Law & Economics 6.3 (January 31, 2010). Full Text


Brennan, G, and Moseley, D. "economics and ethics." (2012).

Brennan, G, Baurmann, M, Goodin, R, and Southwood, N. "Norms and Values: The Role of Social Norms as Instruments of Value realization." (2010).

Brennan, G, and Eusepi, G. "The Ethics of Economics and the Economics of Ethics." (2009).

Brennan, G, and Waterman, AMC. "are economists Immoral." (2008).

Brennan, G, and Eusepi, G. "Coralling the Economy of Crime and Money Laundering." European Journal of Law and Economics (2008).

Gillespie, GBM. "Homo Economicus and Homo Politicus." Public Choice (2008).

Brennan, G, R Goodin, FJ, and Smith, M. "common minds." (2007).

Brennan, G. "Comments on Jeremy Webber’s Paper." Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy (2000).


Selected Grants

Capstone Class awarded by Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (Faculty Member). 2015