An accomplished economic theorist, Mancur Olson was known, honored, and studied more outside his own discipline than within it. Or so it always seemed to me until, reflecting on his career for this essay, I finally caught on that Olson was not an economist: His discipline was political theory. Olson's tools of analysis were economic; the phenomena he studied are political. The entities he studied were interest groups, both organized and unorganized. (fragment of text)
- Olson, Mancur. (1965). The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
- Olson, Mancur. (1982). The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities. New Haven: Yale University Press.