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Public Choice

Editor-in-Chief: William F. Shughart II
Associate Editors: P. Kurrild-Klitgaard; P.T. Leeson; K. Dougherty

ISSN: 0048-5829 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-7101 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11127

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Dear Friends and Members of the Public Choice Society:
We are deeply saddened at the news that Robert D. Tollison has passed away at the age of 73. Bob has been a central figure in the development of public choice as a research program. Along with James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, he administered the Society for decades from its home at the Center for Study of Public Choice, serving as Society President in 1994-96. In his career spanning five decades, Bob Tollison chaired 50 dissertations, coauthored successful economics textbooks, and collaborated with hundreds of scholars in a campaign of steady publishing with an intensity of quantity, depth, and breadth that is rarely seen. Yet for all his scholarly prowess, students and coauthors will remember most the humanity and humility that that Bob effortlessly brought to his work. As his obituary in the Greenville News put it, "Dr. Tollison never met a student or crossword puzzle he didn't love or embrace."
To commemorate Professor Tollison's contributions, the 2017 Public Choice Society meetings will hold special sessions in his honor. In the meantime, we invite those interested in learning more to read the 2010 special issue of Public Choice in honor of Bob's work, edited by current Editor-in-Chief William F. Shughart II. The 26 papers in the special issue were presented at a conference celebrating Bob's 65th birthday held in November 2007 at the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University.
Bob was indeed extraordinary in many ways, a prolific scholar who enjoyed the process of reading, measuring, collaborating, and writing. He was a beloved friend and leader of the Society, and while the work will endure the person will be greatly missed. Please join us in expressing our deep condolences to Bob's family, and also to his many friends everywhere.
Yours Sincerely,
Georg S. Vanberg
President (2016-18)
Edward J. Lopez
Past President (2012-14) and Executive Director

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    Public Choice deals with the intersection between economics and political science. The journal was founded at a time when economists and political scientists became interested in the application of essentially economic methods to problems normally dealt with by political scientists. It has always retained strong traces of economic methodology, but new and fruitful techniques have been developed which are not recognizable by economists. Public Choice therefore remains central in its chosen role of introducing the two groups to each other, and allowing them to explain themselves through the medium of its pages.

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