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 P. Pettit. The Economy of Esteem: An Essay on Civil and Political Society. 2004. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246489.001.0001. Full Text

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

Brennan, H. G. Methods and Morals in Constitutional Economics: Essays in Honor of James M. Buchanan. Edited by G. Brennan et al., Springer-Verlag, 2002.

Brennan, H. G. Australia Reshaped: 200 Years of Institutional Reform. Edited by G. Brennan and Frank Castles, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

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

Brennan, H. G. Collected Works of James M. Buchanan. Edited by G. Brennan et al., Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1999.

Brennan, H. G. Economics and Religion: a Methodological Enquiry. Edited by G. Brennan and A. M. C. Waterman, Kluwer Dordrecht, 1994.

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


Brennan, G. “Liberty, Preference Satisfaction, and the Case against Categories.” Weighing and Reasoning: Themes from the Philosophy of John Broome, 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684908.003.0002. Full Text

Brennan, G., and M. Brooks. “The role of numbers in prisoner’s dilemmas and public good situations.” The Prisoner’s Dilemma, 2015, pp. 177–98. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781107360174.011. Full Text

Brennan, G., and M. Brooks. “Expressive voting.” The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, Second Edition, 2013, pp. 111–26.

Brennan, G., and G. Eusepi. “Buchanan, Hobbes and contractarianism: The supply of rules?Constitutional Economics and Public Institutions, 2013, pp. 17–34. Scopus, doi:10.4337/9781781003978.00009. Full Text

Brennan, G., and J. Anomaly. “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, edited by M. O. Neill and S. Orr, OUP, 2012.

Brennan, G. “Political Leadership: A public choice view.” Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership, edited by P. T. Hart and R. Rhodes, OUP, 2012.

Brennan, G. “Hume’s (Sugden’s) Psychopathy.” Norms and Values, edited by M. Baurmann et al., 2011.

Brennan, G., and M. Brooks. “Institutional and governance aspects of the Henry Tax Review.” Australia’s Future Tax System, edited by R. Krever, 2010.

Brennan, G., and A. Hamlin. “Positive constraints on normative political theory.” The Economics of Ethics and the Ethics of Economics: Values, Markets and the State, 2009, pp. 106–30.


Brennan, G., and G. Sayre-Mccord. “On 'cooperation'.” Analyse Und Kritik, vol. 40, no. 1, June 2018, pp. 107–30. Scopus, doi:10.1515/auk-2018-0005. Full Text

Acquisti, Alessandro, et al. “The Economics of Privacy.” Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 52, no. 2, Mar. 2016.

Brennan, G., and G. Sayre-McCord. “DO NORMATIVE FACTS MATTER⋯ to WHAT IS FEASIBLE?Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 33, no. 1–2, Jan. 2016, pp. 434–56. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0265052516000194. Full Text

Brennan, G., and A. Hamlinf. “Conservative value.” Monist, vol. 99, no. 4, Jan. 2016, pp. 352–71. Scopus, doi:10.1093/monist/onw010. Full Text

Brennan, G., and A. Hamlin. “Practical conservatism.” Monist, vol. 99, no. 4, Jan. 2016, pp. 336–51. Scopus, doi:10.1093/monist/onw009. Full Text

Brennan, G. “Olson and imperceptible differences: the Tuck critique.” Public Choice, vol. 164, no. 3–4, Sept. 2015, pp. 235–50. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-015-0294-3. Full Text

Brennan, G. “Buchanan’s anti-conservatism.” Public Choice, vol. 163, no. 1–2, Apr. 2015, pp. 7–13. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-014-0223-x. Full Text

Brennan, G., and M. Munger. “The soul of James Buchanan?Independent Review, vol. 18, no. 3, Dec. 2014, pp. 331–42.

Brennan, G. “"For economists, everything must fit on a single screen".” Perspektiven Der Wirtschaftspolitik, vol. 15, no. 4, Dec. 2014, pp. 334–45.

Brennan, G., and A. Hamlin. “Comprehending conservatism: frameworks and analysis.” Journal of Political Ideologies, vol. 19, no. 2, Jan. 2014, pp. 227–39. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13569317.2014.909262. Full Text


Brennan, G. “"The myth of ownership" Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel: AAA review essay.” Constitutional Political Economy, vol. 16, no. 2, 2005, pp. 207–19. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10602-005-2236-4. Full Text

Brennan, G., and D. Moseley. economics and ethics. Wiley/Blackwell, 2012.

Brennan, G., and G. Eusepi. The Ethics of Economics and the Economics of Ethics. Edward Elgar, 2009.

Brennan, G., and A. M. C. Waterman. are economists Immoral. Liberty Fund Inc, 2008.

Brennan, G., and G. Eusepi. “Coralling the Economy of Crime and Money Laundering.” European Journal of Law and Economics, 2008.

Gillespie, G. Brennan M. “Homo Economicus and Homo Politicus.” Public Choice, 2008.

Brennan, G., et al. common minds. OUP, 2007.

Brennan, G. The Esteem Engine: A Resource for Institutional Design. Vol. 1, 2005, pp. 14–14.

Brennan, G. “Comments on Jeremy Webber’s Paper.” Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 2000.


Selected Grants

Capstone Class awarded by (Faculty Member). 2015