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McLane Teammates Reading Program

The Role of Government in a Free Society

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The Free Market Institute (FMI) will continue the McLane Teammates Reading Program during the fall 2018 semester. The program will again complement similar programs operated concurrently at the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University (SMU), and the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise at Baylor University.

Students that successfully complete the program will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

About the Program

The theme for the fall 2018 program is The Role of Government in a Free Society. Participants will read and discuss works that examine the rationales that economics textbooks often provide for the existence of government (public goods and externalities). Participants will also explore arguments and engage debates that have been advanced by political philosophers. Finally, participants will discuss the recommendations of public policy experts on specific functions of government.

The readings and discussions will address a range of questions focused on the legitimate role(s) of government and how processes of collective decision-making impact the formation of both institutions and public policies aimed at resolving those questions and debates. Participants will receive a set of readings that will provide a foundation for the discussions that will address the above questions, among other questions or importance to the program theme.

Participants meet weekly throughout the semester for Socratic-style discussions facilitated by FMI Political Economy Research Fellow,Dr. Adam Martin. Meetings will take place on campus (location TBD) each week on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:15 PM starting on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Please refer to the Fall 2018 Program Guidelines for additional information about the structure of the program and expectations for participants.

Fall 2018 McLane Summit

On October 12-13, 2018, Southern Methodist University will host a summit with participants from all three programs that will feature group discussions and formal remarks from a distinguished scholar.

All applicants should note that the summit program is a mandatory part of the program. The Free Market Institute will provide transportation, lodging, ground transportation (local and destination) and most meals for the program.

The summit will feature formal remarks from Dr. Michael Munger. Dr. Munger is a Professor of Political Science, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Certificate Program at Duke University. His research is focused on the functioning of markets, regulation, and government institutions. He has authored or co-authored multiple books (his most recent book is Tomorrow 3.0: Transaction Costs and the Sharing Economy) and his work has been published in American Political Science Review, Journal of Law and Economics, The Review of Austrian Economics, The Independent Review, Social Philosophy and Policy, Public Choice, and Southern Economic Journal, among other outlets.

Dr. Munger is currently Co-Editor of The Independent Review and a research fellow at Independent Institute. He is a former staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission and past president of the Public Choice Society and the North Carolina Political Science Association. He has taught at Dartmouth College, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received the Otto 'Toby' Davis Lecture award in 2012.

Reading Schedule

The schedule of readings and topics of discussion for the fall 2018 McLane Teammates Reading Program will be posted on this page when it becomes available.


Students from all majors, who will be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program of study at Texas Tech University during the fall 2018 semester, are eligible and encouraged to apply for consideration of an invitation to participate in the program.

The deadline to apply for the fall 2018 program has passed. More information about future programs will be posted when it becomes available.

Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions by phone at 806.742.7138 or email at free.market@ttu.edu.

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More general information about the program and application process can be found on the FMI Student Programs page.