JAMES T Bennett

JAMES T Bennett

JAMES T Bennett

Eminent Scholar Emeritus

Labor economics and political economy

James T. Bennett is an Eminent Scholar at George Mason University. He holds the William P. Snavely Chair of Political Economy and Public Policy in the Department of Economics and is Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy. Bennett received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 and has specialized in research related to public policy issues, the economics of government and bureaucracy, labor unions, and health charities. He is founder and editor of the Journal of Labor Research and has published more than 60 articles in professional journals such as the American Economic ReviewReview of Economics and StatisticsPolicy ReviewPublic Choice, and Cato Journal.

Selected Publications


The History and Politics of Public Radio:  A Comprehensive Analysis of Taxpayer-Financed US Broadcasting (2021)

Unsustainable:  The History and Politics of Green Energy (2021) 

Crumbling Infrastructure or Highway Robbery:  U.S. Road Policy from Turnpikes to Interstates (2021) 

Paid Patriotism? The Debate over Veterans' Benefits (2017)

Subsidizing Culture: Taxpayer Enrichment of the "Creative" Class (2016) 

Corporate Welfare: Crony Capitalism That Enriches the Rich (2015)

Mandate Madness: How Congress Forces States and Localities to Do Its Bidding and Pay for the Privilege (2014)

They Play, You Pay: Why Taxpayers Build Ballparks, Stadiums, and Arenas for Billionaire Owners and Millionaire Players (2012)

Doomsday Lobby: Hype and Panic from Sputniks, Martians, and Marauding Meteors (2010)

Not Invited the the Party: How the Demopublicans Have Rigged the System and Left Independents Out in the Cold (2009)

Stifling Political Competition: How Government Has Rigged the System to Benefit Demopublicans and Exclude Third Parties (2008)

The Politics of American Feminism: Gender Conflict in Contemporary Society (2007)

Homeland Security Scams (2006)

Information Technology and the World of Work (2004)

Tax Funded Politics (2004)

The Future of Private Sector Unionism in the United States (2004)

Public Health Profiteering (2001)

From Pathology to Politics: Public Health in America (2000)

The Food and Drink Police: America's Nannies, Busybodies, and Petty Tyrants (1999)

CancerScam: The Diversion of Federal Cancer Funds to Politics (1998)

Unhealthy Charities: Hazardous to Your Health and Wealth (1994)

Official Lies: How Washington Misleads Us (1992)

Health Research Charities II: The Politics of Fear (1991)

Health Research Charities: Image and Reality (1990)

Unfair Competition: The Profits of Nonprofits (1988)

Destroying Democracy: How Government Funds Partisan Politics (1986)

Underground Government: The Off-Budget Public Sector (1983)

Deregulating Labor Relations (1981)

Better Government at Half the Price (1981)

The Political Economy of Federal Government Growth (1980)