Faculty Scholarship – Professor Neil H. Buchanan

Tax Law and Economics Expert Publishes New Debt Ceiling Book

Professor Neil Buchanan is a multi-disciplinary expert who teaches tax law, tax policy, contracts, and law and economics at The George Washington University Law School.  In addition to his legal scholarship, he has held full-time faculty positions as an economics professor at institutions including the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Barnard College, Goucher College, and Wellesley College.

Professor Buchanan is published in multiple law review journals, has testified before Congress about tax reform issues, and is regularly quoted in media stories as a subject matter expert.  He publishes twice weekly on the legal blog “Dorf on Law,” run by co-author Michael C. Dorf of Cornell Law School, and writes bi-weekly columns on the blog "Verdict," hosted by the legal resource site Justia.

Within the last year, Professor Buchanan has turned his attention to writing and speaking extensively about the federal debt ceiling, including the following book and interviews:


The Debt Ceiling Disasters   
(Carolina Academic Press, September, 2013)

From the Publisher:

Since 2011, the United States has faced repeated threats of a federal default, as the radical new Republican majority in the House of Representatives has tried to prevent the President from borrowing enough money to pay for the spending that Congress itself has approved.  In this book, Neil H. Buchanan explains why the debt ceiling law is unconstitutional (for two independent reasons), and how the President can and cannot respond if Republicans refuse to govern responsibly and raise the ceiling when necessary.  Professor Buchanan’s accessible and lively analysis debunks the myths about the debt ceiling that Democrats and Republicans alike have come to believe, showing that, for both legal and economic reasons, the debt ceiling cannot be used to extort political concessions from a President.

To read more about the book, please visit Amazon.com.


Professor Buchanan In the News 

The New York Times' "Room for Debate"  .  January 14, 2013

CNN  .  January 11, 2013

The Hill  .  January 8, 2013

Verdict  .  January 8, 2013

NPR "On Point"  .  January 7, 2013

WTOP  .  January 2, 2013

Fiscal Times  .  December 21, 2012

Verdict  .  December 20, 2012

Dorf on Law  .  December 14, 2012

The Atlantic  .  December 7, 2012

NPR  .  December 6, 2012

Verdict  .  December 5, 2012

Roll Call  .  December 5, 2012

The New York Times  .  December 3, 2012


Swerving to Avoid the "Fiscal Cliff": The Debt Ceiling, Sequestration and Tax Policy in America

Professor Buchanan featured in a discussion at the Center for National Policy alongside Joel Friedman, VP for Federal Fiscal Policy at The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Professor Buchanan provides insight about the deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” and helps explain the next steps for The White House and Congress.

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