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Public Entrepreneurship, Citizenship, and Self-Governance

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  • Date Published: August 2018
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  • In this book Paul Dragos Aligica revisits the theory of political self-governance in the context of recent developments in behavioral economics and political philosophy that have challenged the foundations of this theory. Building on the work of the 'Bloomington School' created by Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom and Public Choice political economy co-founder Vincent Ostrom, Aligica presents a fresh conceptualization of the key processes at the core of democratic-liberal governance systems involving civic competence and public entrepreneurship. The result is not only a re-assessment and re-articulation of the theories constructed by the Bloomington School of Public Choice, but also a new approach to several cutting-edge discussions relevant to governance studies and applied institutional theory, such as the debates generated by the recent waves of populism, paternalism and authoritarianism.

    • Offers a fresh interpretation of one of the most interesting schools of thought in contemporary social sciences and political economy
    • Illustrates how political self-governance stands up to recent developments in behavioral economics and political philosophy
    • Offers a nuanced understanding of the Bloomington School theories from an expert perspective
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    'We are offered the best one-volume analysis of public entrepreneurship, citizenship and self-governance. Drawing on a lifetime of study and reflection on different continents, Paul Dragos Aligica shows how much we gain in governance theory by drawing on the citizen-centered approach that Vincent and Elinor Ostrom developed and practiced over the years. At a time when new forms of tutelage, nativism and paternalism are gained grounds in the world, Aligica draws on the Ostroms to renew and reformulate, in an inspiring way, self-governance as a vision and as a theory that can help to stem the tide of anarchy, statism and despair about the prospect of democracy and the human condition itself. Social science at its best.' Filippo Sabetti, McGill University, Montreal

    'Paul Dragos Aligica's Public Entrepreneurship, Citizenship, and Self-Governance offers a whole persuasive theory of the social world that challenges the right/left spectrum by starting not with states or markets but with people who work through a range of institutions to shape the world. For those entrepreneurs, this book is full of practical wisdom about how to operate more effectively and wisely.' Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University, Massachusetts

    'We are beset today by increasing skepticism of the viability and intelligence of democratic self-governance, raising doubts that traditional defenses fail to assuage. In this scholarly and important book, Paul Dragos Aligica shows how the Ostroms' pathbreaking work points to a reconceptualization of democratic citizenship, tying it to an enlightening idea of problem solving through public entrepreneurs. Aligica articulates a compelling vision of the institutions of a diverse and intelligent open society.' Gerald Gaus, James. E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona, Tucson

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    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316952962
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Public Entrepreneurship:
    1. Public entrepreneurship, competitive governance and polycentricity
    2. Entrepreneurship and collective action
    3. Voluntary actions and institutions: charting the territory
    Part II. Citizenship:
    4. Citizenship, political competence and civics: the Ostromian perspective
    5. From institutionalism to models of social agents: citizenship in institutionalist context
    6. Citizens' competence, self-governance and the new epistocratic paternalism
    Part III. Self-Governance:
    7. Anarchy, statism and liberalism: the self-governance alternative
    8. Conservatism, interventionism and social evolution: the self-governance alternative
    Conclusions.

  • Author

    Paul Dragos Aligica, George Mason University, Virginia
    Paul Dragos Aligica is a Senior Research Fellow in the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Virginia, where he teaches in the Economics Department. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he was a student of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He has published extensively on institutional and governance theory, being the author of six books and numerous academic articles, exploring both the foundational and the applied side of alternative governance systems.

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