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, HG. Methods and Morals in Constitutional Economics: Essays in Honor of James M. Buchanan. Ed. Brennan, G, Kliemt, H and Tollison, R.: Springer-Verlag, 2002.

Brennan, HG. Australia Reshaped: 200 Years of Institutional Reform. Ed. Brennan, G and Castles, F.: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

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

Brennan, HG. Collected Works of James M. Buchanan. Ed. Brennan, G, Kliemt, H and Tollison, R.: Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1999.

Brennan, HG. Economics and Religion: a Methodological Enquiry. Ed. Brennan, G and Waterman, AMC.: Kluwer Dordrecht, 1994.

Brennan, G, and Lomasky, L. 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. May 21, 2015. Full Text

Brennan, G, and Brooks, M. "The role of numbers in prisoner’s dilemmas and public good situations." The Prisoner's Dilemma. January 1, 2015. 177-198. Full Text

Brennan, G, and Brooks, M. "Expressive voting." The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, Second Edition. July 24, 2013. 111-126.

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 Hamlin, A. "Positive constraints on normative political theory." The Economics of Ethics and the Ethics of Economics: Values, Markets and the State. December 1, 2009. 106-130.


Brennan, G, and Sayre-McCord, G. "On ‘Cooperation’." Analyse & Kritik 40.1 (June 1, 2018): 107-130. Full Text

Brennan, G, and Hamlinf, A. "Conservative value." Monist 99.4 (January 1, 2016): 352-371. Full Text

Brennan, G, and Hamlin, A. "Practical conservatism." Monist 99.4 (January 1, 2016): 336-351. Full Text

Brennan, G, and Sayre-McCord, G. "DO NORMATIVE FACTS MATTER . . . TO WHAT IS FEASIBLE?." Social Philosophy and Policy 33.1-2 (2016): 434-456. Full Text

Brennan, G. "Olson and imperceptible differences: the Tuck critique." Public Choice 164.3-4 (September 1, 2015): 235-250. Full Text

Brennan, G. "Buchanan’s anti-conservatism." Public Choice 163.1-2 (April 1, 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 (January 1, 2014): 227-239. Full Text

Brennan, G. "The reason for 'The Reason of Rules'." Constitutional Political Economy 25.1 (January 1, 2014): 103-109. 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