The Emergence, Restoration, and Resiliency of Self-Governance

20 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2017

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William Miller

Troy University, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Students

Daniel J. Smith

Political Economy Research Institute and Department of Economics and Finance at Middle Tennessee State University

Date Written: November 4, 2017

Abstract

Can self-governance emerge in new and unfamiliar contexts, be restored following a sustained period of government control or provision, and exhibit resiliency in extreme disruption? Economic arguments for regulation, state provision of a good or service, and welfare state programs are often advanced on the basis that individuals lack the capacity for self-governance. Individuals may lack the capacity for self-governance out of fear of responsibility, lack of knowledge, and/or the proper informal institutions, culture, or morality. This paper uses three case studies to examine the capacity for self-governance in each of these contexts. We analyze the emergence of self-governance in new technological arenas, the restoration of self-governance in individual responsibility for saving/investing following pension reforms, and the resiliency of self-governance in the wake of natural disasters. In all three cases, we find that a robust capacity for self-governance indeed exists.

Keywords: self-governance, spontaneous order, civil society

JEL Classification: B53, D02

Suggested Citation

Miller, William and Smith, Daniel J., The Emergence, Restoration, and Resiliency of Self-Governance (November 4, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3065327 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3065327

William Miller

Troy University, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Students ( email )

Bibb Graves Hall
Troy, AL 36082
United States

Daniel J. Smith (Contact Author)

Political Economy Research Institute and Department of Economics and Finance at Middle Tennessee State University ( email )

MTSU Box 190
1301 E. Main St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.danieljosephsmith.com/

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