Author Edward J. Lopez at HSC - April 24

April 22, 2014

Edward LopezOn Thursday, April 24, Hampden-Sydney College hosts Edward Lopez as he presents a lecture on his book Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change.

In this lecture, Lopez will discuss the ways in which he applies the history of Western political ideas, both in theory and in practice, to his work. He will further explain the economic ideas, rules, and incentives mentioned in his book and how this knowledge can guide business leaders in the ever-changing field of economics.

Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, comments on Madmen and says that, "this book is an inspiring reminder that great thinking matters. It's a delightful, accessible, and thought-provoking book." Author of Analyzing Policy, Michael C. Munger, states that it "raises serious questions about simple explanations of change-because it makes clear there are several necessary conditions for a political shift."

Lopez received his B.S. from Texas A&M University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from George Mason University. His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in Public Choice, Journal of Political Science, Review of Law & Economics, Political Research Quarterly, Southern Economic Journal, Social Science Quarterly, Eastern Economic Journal, and Review of Austrian Economics. Lopez is currently the President of the Public Choice Society and the Regional Editor (for the Americas) of the Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy. He is currently a Professor of Economics and the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism of Business at Western Carolina University. He is also a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute. Lopez focuses his research on public choice, the economics of ideas and political change, and the economics of law.

The lecture begins at 7:30 PM at Crawley Forum and is free and open to the community. This event is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Economy.