January 3, 2017

Crisis and Leviathan Part 1 | The Research Program of Robert Higgs

Christopher Coyne

Associate Director, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Robert Higgs

Senior Fellow in Political Economy and Editor of the Independent Review, Independent Institute

F. A. Hayek Program Associate Director Christopher Coyne recently sat down with the 2015-2016 F. A. Hayek Distinguished Visiting Scholar Robert Higgs for a wide-ranging interview on his career and research. Professor Higgs is also Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review.

In this video, Professor Higgs discusses a framework he developed in his 1987 book Crisis and Leviathan: The Ratchet Effect. This framework helps to explain the growth of government both for historic and current events.