Will F.A Hayek’s vision of a denationalised monetary system come to fruition in the era of Web 3.0? In this online essay, Adam Tebble explores the implications of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts for global governance and the philosophical debate between markets and states.
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What Elinor Ostrom Can Tell Us About Housing and Land Use Governance The UK and many other Western countries have …
It is easy to reduce the experience of this pandemic to a story about top-level decision-making, interactions on the international stage, and the ballooning of state power. But to do so is to miss the other half of the story. For distancing and self-isolation policies to work, they have had to be enacted and reinforced at the scale of neighbourhoods – or even households.
Could UBI be a partial solution to the financial problems introduced by the novel coronavirus? Otto Lehto argues that we should implement UBI as a permanent reform of the welfare system rather than as a temporary emergency measure with a sunset clause.
Sophia Ostler takes us into her fieldwork research on the governance of the Colombian drug trade, illuminating the role of extra-legal governance in supporting the trade, the importance of women in the coca-leaf economy, and the bountiful insights that qualitative research brings to economics.
We’re sorry to announce that the public lecture by James C. Scott and seminar by Barak Richman due on March 17 and 26 are now canceled following College policy in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Check back on our website and social media for new developments as they arise.
“The argument I make in favour of more open borders focuses not upon the interests of immigrants or of the already-resident, but upon those whom migrants leave behind in their countries of origin. In this sense my argument represents something of a breakthrough, for it seeks to claim the interests of those left behind for those arguing in favour of the more liberal approach.”
Over the last two decades online services have transformed from a product of a multitude of enterprises to being dominated by a handful of corporate-owned platforms such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Amazon… These platforms play an increasing role governing commercial exchange, as well as civil discussion, with plausibly pernicious implications for liberal democracy. As I propose in a recent paper, blockchains offer a promising solution to this danger by helping to displace corporate ownership in favor of common platforms sustained by users themselves.
“I show that states as means of institutionalized political control are structurally ill equipped to resolve the problem of ‘who guards the guardians,’ and thus international law and institutions can provide additional layers of oversight and control to insure that states remain within the legitimate bounds of their authority.”