Political Theory

Freedom and Dynamism


This conference focused on a theory of economic, social, and political change that helped identify those values and institutions that provide the conditions for individual, social, and economic flourishing. As we identified those mechanisms for freedom, we also developed a view of the just society and of the formal and informal institutions most appropriate for material and immaterial prosperity.


Conference Readings

Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962, 2002.

Hayek, F. A. “Competition as a Discovery Procedure.” The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 5, no. 3 (Fall 2002): Page(s): 9-23.

Huang, Yasheng. Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Jha, Saumitra. “Trade, Institutions and Ethnic Tolerance: Evidence from South Asia.” American Political Science Review 107, no. 4 (November 2013): 806-832.

Kirzner, Israel. “Entrepreneurial Discovery and the Competitive Market Process: An Austrian Approach.” Journal of Economic Literature 35 (1997): Page(s): 60-85.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty [4th edition]. London: Longman, Roberts, & Green Co., 1869.

Mokyr, Joel. The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

Muldoon, Ryan. Beyond Tolerance: Re-Imagining Social Contract Theory for a Diverse World [manuscript]. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, forthcoming. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~rmuldoon/Ryan_Muldoon/Books.html (accessed ).

Phelps, Edmund S. Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Postrel, Virginia I. The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise and Progress. New York: Free Press, 1998.

Zingales, Luigi. A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity. New York: Basic Books, 2012.