New Thinking in Political Economy series
Edited by Francisco Cabrillo and Miguel A. Puchades-Navarro
In the development of public choice and constitutional political economy in Spain the name of Professor José Casas Pardo is a necessary reference. Born in Granada in 1938 he studied law and economics at the University of Granada and London School of Economics. He was Professor of Economics at the Autonoma and Complutense Universities in Madrid. In 1981 he moved to the University of Valencia where he was a Professor until his retirement in 2008. As a Public Choice Scholar he has been President of the European Public Choice Society (1994–95) and member of its Executive Board (1995–97). He was also the conference organizer of the very successful Annual Meeting of the European Public Choice Society (EPCS) that was held in Valencia in 1994. He has served as a member of the editorial board of Public Choice, and since 1990 has been member of the editorial board of Constitutional Political Economy. He was co-director with Professor J. Buchanan of a research project on the Spanish Constitution of 1978 financed by the Joint Spanish American Committee for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Professor Casas Pardo has written widely on these topics. But his main ideas on the role of Public Choice in modern economics can be found in his Presidential Address of EPCS, delivered in Saarbrücken in 1995.