Political Theory

Liberty and the Family


This conference explored the relationship between liberty and the family—family as a product of and a nurturer of liberty—by looking both at the history of the family and its relationship to the increase in liberty in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the role that the family might play as a protector of liberty in our own time.


Conference Readings

Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S.` 510  (1925).

Meyer v. State of Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390  (1923).

Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158  (1943).

Jenifer Troxel, et vir, Petitioners v. Tommie Granville, 530 U.S. 57  (2000).

Carlson. “The Real Purposes of Marriage.” Talk for the Annual Dinner of The Family Research Institute of Wisconsin, Wausau, Wisconsin, October 26 2006.

Coontz, Stephanie. “The Future of Marriage.” Cato Unbound (January 2008): -.

Coontz, Stephanie. Marriage: A History. NY: Viking, 2005.

Glenn, Norval. “Against Family Fatalism.” Cato Unbound (January 2008): -.

Goldin, Claudia. “The Quiet Revolution That Transformed Women's Employment, Education, and Family".” American Economic Review (May 2006): 1-21.

Horwitz, Stephen. “Lots of Thoughts on the Future of the Family.” Cato Unbound (January 2008): -.

Hymowitz, Kay. “The Marriage Gap.” Cato Unbound (January 2008): -.

Lansford, Jennifer; Ceballo, Rosario; Abbey, Antonia; Stewart, Abigail J.. “Does Family Structure Matter? A Comparison of Adoptive, Two-Parent Biological, Single-Mother, Stepfather, and Stepmother Households.” Journal of Marriage and the Family (August 2001): 840-51.

MacLeod, D.I.. The Age of the Child: Children in America, 1890-1920. NY: Viking, 1998.

Morse, Jennifer Roback. Love and Economics: Why the Lassez-Faire Family Doesn't Work. Dallas: Spence Publishing, 2001.

Shorter, Edward. The Making of the Modern Family. NY: Basic Books, 1975.

Stevenson, Betsey; Wolfers, Justin. “Marriage and the Market.” Cato Unbound (January 2008): -.

Stevenson, Betsey; Wolfers, Justin. “Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law: Divorce Laws and Family Distress.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics (Febuary 2006): 267-288.