Political Theory

The Constitutional Political Economy of Statelessness


This conference discussed the appropriate methods, theories, and histories from which to approach the issue of institutional development outside the state.


Conference Readings

Benson, Bruce. “The Spontaneous Evolution of Cyber Law: Norms, Property Rights, Contracting, Dispute Resolution, and Enforcement without State Involvement.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy (2005): 269-348.

Buchanan, James M. The Limits of Liberty. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.

de Waal, Frans B. M. Peacemaking Among Primates. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Djankov, Simeon, Edward Glaeser, Rafael LaPorta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, and Andrei Shleifer. “The New Comparative Economics.” Journal of Comparative Economics 31 (2003): 595-619.

Friedman, David. The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, Second Edition. Chicago and La Salle: Open Court Publishing Company, 1995.

Higgs, Robert. “If Men Were Angels: The Basic Analytics of the State versus Self-Government.” The Independent Review (June 11, 2007): 1-9.

Hoebel, E. Adamson. The Law of Primitive Man: A Study in Comparative Legal Dynamics. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1954.

LeBlanc, Steven A. with Katherine E. Register. Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2003.

Leeson, Peter. “An-arrgh-chy: The Law and Economics of Pirate Organization.” Journal of Political Economy 155, no. 6 (2007): 1049-1094.

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1974.

Skarbek, David. “Governance and Prison Gangs.” American Political Science Review 105, no. 4 (2011): 701-716.