Michael T. Hutchins

How can people with different worldviews overcome their disagreements to make collective decisions?

Capital punishment, immigration, abortion, crime prevention, business regulation, inequality, gun control, foreign policy—these are just some of the many issues that divide us. Each of us has a unique worldview, our own understanding of justice, rights, and the consequences of political actions. So how can we possibly make shared decisions that affect us all?

To address this question, economist and financial executive Michael T. Hutchins uses modern bargaining theory, in conjunction with analysis of important political controversies, to provide new insights into how broadly liberal people—those who are not inclined to try to enforce their own views through violence—can govern themselves despite fundamental disagreements.


“A compelling and original analysis of social decision-making, Irreconcilable Politics will inspire you to examine not just the ways in which we disagree but also the very meaning of freedom and democracy.”

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Michael T. Hutchins was trained as an economist and has over thirty years of experience in finance. Much of his career was in investment banking at Salomon Brothers and UBS. He is currently an executive vice president at Freddie Mac, responsible for the investments and capital markets division. Hutchins earned his PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.