Political Theory

Social Norms and Political Orders: The New Frontier of Freedom


The colloquium had two aims: to discuss the challenge social norms pose to the relationship between formal and informal aspects of political orders, and to explore the role of freedom in a political order in which social norms matter and all is not institutionalized.


Conference Readings

Acemoglu, Daron. “Reward Structures and the Allocation of Talent.” European Economic Review 39, no. 1 (January 1995): 17-33.

Alesina, A. and P. Giuliano. “The Power of the Family.” Journal of Economic Growth 15, no. 2 (June 2010): 93-125.

Bicchieri, Cristina and Ryan Muldoon. “Social Norms.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2014): 1-26.

Decker, Ryan, John Haltiwanger, Ron Jarmin, and Javier Miranda. “The Role of Entrepreneurship in US Job Creation and Economic Dynamism.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 28, no. 3 (Summer 2014): 3-24.

Gaus, Gerald. The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

McCloskey, Deirdre N. Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

McTernan, Emily. “How to Make Citizens Behave: Social Psychology, Liberal Values, and Social Norms.” Journal of Political Philosophy 22, no. 1 (March 2014): 84-104.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty and The Subjection of Women. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1879. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/347 (accessed from the Online Library of Liberty).

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1974.

Ostrom, Elinor. “Beyond Markets and States: Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems.” American Economic Review 100, no. 3 (2010): 641-672.

Verga, Giovanni. Mastro Don Gesualdo. Translated by David Herbert Lawrence. London: Dedalus, 1984.