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Charlotte A. Twight, PhD

Professor • 208-426-1335


  • PhD, Economics - University of Washington
  • MA, Economics - University of Washington
  • JD - University of Washington

Teaching Areas

  • Interests: Political economy, government regulation of the U.S. economy, its statutory and constitutional basis, its historical evolution, and its economic and political causes and consequences. Economic theory of public choice, institutional change, and the growth of government.

Featured Publications

  • Books:
  • Twight, C., Dependent on D.C.: The Rise of Federal Control Over the Lives of Ordinary Americans, paperback edition (New York: Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2003), Cato Institute book.
  • Twight, C., Dependent on D.C.: The Rise of Federal Control Over the Lives of Ordinary Americans (New York: Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2002), Cato Institute book, 422 pp.
  • Twight, C., America's Emerging Fascist Economy (New York: Arlington House, 1975), 315 pp. (a free-market analysis of laws regulating the U.S. economy).
  • Refereed Journal Articles
  • Twight, C., “Sovereign Impunity,” The Independent Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 485-517 (Spring 2008).
  • Twight, C., “Limited Government: Ave Atque Vale,” The Independent Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 485-510 (Spring 2006).
  • Twight, C., “Health and Human Services ‘Privacy’ Standards: The Coming Destruction of American Medical Privacy,” The Independent Review, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 485-511 (Spring 2002).
  • Twight, C., “Conning Congress: Privacy and the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act,” The Independent Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 185-216 (Fall 2001).
  • Twight, C., "Watching You: Systematic Federal Surveillance of Ordinary Americans," The Independent Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 165-200 (Fall 1999).
  • Twight, C., "Medicare's Progeny: The 1996 Health Care Legislation," The Independent Review, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 373-399 (Winter 1998).
  • Twight, C., "Medicare's Origin: The Economics and Politics of Dependency," Cato Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 309-338 (Winter 1997).
  • Twight, C., "What Congressmen Knew and When They Knew It: Further Evidence on the Origins of U.S. Broadcasting Regulation," Public Choice, Vol. 95, pp. 247-276 (1998).
  • Twight, C., "Federal Control Over Education: Crisis, Deception, and Institutional Change," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 299-333 (December 1996).
  • Twight, C., "Evolution of Federal Income Tax Withholding: The Machinery of Institutional Change," Cato Journal, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 359-395 (Winter 1995).
  • Twight, C., "Political Transaction-Cost Manipulation: An Integrating Theory," Journal of Theoretical Politics, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 189-216 (1994).
  • Twight, C., "Channeling Ideological Change: The Political Economy of Dependence on Government," Kyklos, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 497-527 (1993).
  • Twight, C., "Urban Amenities, Demand Revelation, and the Free-Rider Problem: A Partial Solution," Public Choice, Vol. 77, No. 4, pp. 835-854 (1993).
  • Twight, C., "Constitutional Renegotiation: Impediments to Consensual Revision," Constitutional Political Economy, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 89-112 (1992).
  • Twight, C., "From Claiming Credit to Avoiding Blame: The Evolution of Congressional Strategy for Asbestos Management," Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 153-186 (1991).
  • Twight, C., "Regulation of Asbestos: The Microanalytics of Government Failure," Policy Studies Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 9-39 (1990).
  • Twight, C. and Michael Crew, "On the Efficiency of Law: A Public Choice Perspective," Public Choice, Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 15-36 (July 1990).
  • Twight, C., "The Political Economy of the National Defense Stockpile," Policy Studies Review, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 774-799 (Summer 1989).
  • Twight, C., "Institutional Underpinnings of Parochialism: The Case of Military Base Closures," Cato Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 73-105 (Spring/Summer 1989).
  • Twight, C., "Government Manipulation of Constitutional-Level Transaction Costs: A General Theory of Transaction-Cost Augmentation and the Growth of Government," Public Choice, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 131-152 (1988).
  • Twight, C. and Robert Higgs, "National Emergency and the Erosion of Private Property Rights," Cato Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 747-773 (Winter 1987).