In Free to Move, Prof. Ilya Somin explains how broadening opportunities for foot voting can greatly enhance political liberty for millions of people around the world. People can vote with their feet through international migration, choosing where to live within a federal system, and by making decisions in the private sector.
Why retain a jury system? Professional judges could render reliable and impartial judgments, and most citizens dread the prospect of jury service. In this lecture, Melissa Schwartzberg argues that the value of the jury is usually misunderstood: lay jurors provide crucial local knowledge.
In this online webinar, Shterna Friedman spoke for us about “Foucault and Systems of Oppression”.
In this talk, Barak Richman will describe what is known about stateless commercial networks, how to understand them within the context of modernity, and what limits they reveal about the modern state. He will then explore new questions about how stateless networks and their host polities adapt, co-evolve, and suffer decline.
Norm nudging relies upon informing people about what others do or approve of. However, there has been little study about what people infer from such messages. Cristina Bicchieri shows that the valence of the message and the frequency and dispersion of the target behavior determine the inferences that people draw.
In many developing countries, non-state actors are important sources of basic social services, including those with religious or political affiliations. Do politicized ethnoreligious divisions shape citizen choices of providers? Does the quality of care vary depending on whether patients visit ingroup or outgroup facilities? Watch the full video by Melani Cammett.
In this lecture, James C. Scott challenges dominant historical narratives about non-state populations. He argues that by dominating trade routes, extracting tribute, and providing the connective tissue between large population centers, “barbarian” life was in general freer, more leisurely, healthier, and, contra Hobbes, less violent than life in the centers of civilization.
In this talk, Professor Jeffrey Friedman argues that populism is a simplistic distillation of an assumption about the purpose of government that is endemic in modern culture: the assumption that the purpose of government is to solve the people’s tangible social and economic problems.