No Salvation Through Constitutions – Jasay versus Buchanan and Rawls

THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW 20.1 (2015): 1-14

Abstract: In this article Andre Alves highlights Anthony de Jasay’s insight that following the same monist claim about human motivations that led Buchanan and other Public Choice thinkers to say that it is not reasonable to expect in politics a different behavior from individuals than in the market, also it is not reasonable to expect them to act differently at constitutional level than at infra-constitutional level of policy-making. Therefore, contrary to the behavior predicted by the assumption of identity uncertainty, the agents should be expected to act at constitutional level even more self-interested; since at that level the stakes are higher than at infra-constitutional politics.