Liberty, Violence, and Social Orders


This conference focused on how humans overcame their violent pasts and nurtured the political and social institutions to become freer and more prosperous.


Conference Readings

Acemoglu, Daron and James A. Robinson. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.

Diamond, Jared. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? New York: Viking/Penguin Group, 2012.

Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909.

North, Douglass C., John Joseph Wallis, and Barry R. Weingast. Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Pinker, Steven. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. New York: Viking/Penguin Group, 2011.

Svolik, Milan. “Power Sharing and Leadership Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes.” American Journal of Political Science (April 2009): 477-494.