Richard E. Wagner is professor of economics and director of graduate studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he served as chairman of the department of economics from 1989–95. He received his B.S. from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Wagner’s research interests have covered a broad range of topics on matters of political economy and public policy, and have resulted in more than twenty books and monographs and over one hundred articles in scholarly journals. A sample of his book and monograph titles include: The Fiscal Organization of American Federalism, Inheritance and the State, Democracy in Deficit [with James M. Buchanan], Public Finance: Revenues and Expenditures in a Democratic Society, Charging for Government, Public Choice and Constitutional Economics, To Promote the General Welfare, Trade Protection in the United States [with Charles K. Rowley and Willem Thorbecke], Taxation and the Price of Civilization, and Parchment, Guns, and Constitutional Order. Journals in which Professor Wagner’s academic publications have been published include: the American Economic Review, the Journal of Law and Economics, Kyklos, Public Choice, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, the National Tax Journal, the Policy Studies Journal,the Cato Journal, the European Journal of Political Economy, Constitutional Political Economy, the Journal of Law and Politics, the Review of Austrian Economics, Regulation, the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, and Critical Review. Dr. Wagner is currently a member of the editorial boards of four scholarly journals:Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, the Supreme Court Economic Review, and the Review of Austrian Economics.