Political Theory

Liberty and Free Cities


We reviewed the role that "free cities" have played in the development of liberty as well as the prospects for the creation of "free cities" in the world today.


Conference Readings

Glasze, George, Chris Webster, and Klaus Frantz, eds. Private Cities: Global and Local Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.

Chart "Hong Kong, Singapore, China, India, Indonesia & Taiwan Per Capita GDP Relative to US (%)" showing trends from 1820 to 2002. Author: Robert H. Nelson.

“City building: Hong Kong in Honduras [Dec 10th 2011] .” The Economist. http://www.economist.com/node/21541392 (downloaded December 11, 2011).

“Mayor Bloomberg Announces New World Bank Partnership that will give Financial Support to C40 Cities [June 1, 2011 press release] .” NYC.gov. http://www.nyc.gov/portal/ (Accessed June 1, 2011).

Blockmans, Wim. “Voracious States and Obstructing Cities: An Aspect of State Formation in Preindustrial Europe.” Theory and Society 18 (September 1989): 733-753.

Eaton, Amasa Mason. The Origin of Municipal Incorporation in England and in the United States. Saratoga Springs: Proceedings of the American Bar Association, August 1902.

Ellickson, Robert C. “Cities and Homeowners Associations.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (June 1982): 1519-1526.

Friedman, Patri and Brad Taylor. “The Seasteading Institutional Evolution.” The Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference, Nassau, The Bahamas, April 10-12, 2011.

Frug, Gerald E. City Making: Building Communities Without Building Walls. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Hartog, Hendrik. Public Property and Public Power: The Corporation of the City of New York in American Law, 1730-1870. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1983.

Hyatt, Wayne S. “Common Interest Communities: Evolution and Reinvention.” John Marshall Law Review (Winter 1998): 305-316.

Kotkin, Joel. The City: A Global History. New York: Modern Library, 2006.

McKenzie, Evan. Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Residential Private Government. Washington: The Urban Institute Press, 2011.

Nelson, Robert H. Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government. Washington: Urban Institute Press, 2005.

Pollock, Frederick. The Land Laws. Littleton: Fred B. Rothman and Co., 1979 reprint of 1896.

Read, Benjamin L. “Assessing Variation in Civil Society Organizations: China’s Homeowner Associations in Comparative Perspective.” Comparative Political Studies (2008 September): 1240-1265.

Romer, Paul. “Charter Cities Concept Paper.” Charter Cites. http://chartercities.org/concept (January 31, 2012).

Romer, Paul. “Technology, Rules and Progress: The Case for Charter Cities.” Center for Global Development Essay, www.cgdev.org, March 2010.

Teaford, Jon C. The Municipal Revolution in America: Origins of Modern Urban Government, 1650-1825. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1975.