John Trasher: Constructivism, representation, and stability: path-dependence in public reason theories of justice

Public reason theories are characterized by three conditions: constructivism, representation, and stability. Constructivism holds that justification does not rely on any antecedent moral or political values outside of the procedure of agreement. Representation holds that the reasons for the choice in the model must be rationally explicable to real agents outside the model. Continue Reading…

John Trasher: Democracy Unchained: Contractualism, Individualism, and Independence in Buchanan’s Democratic Theory

Contrary to the claims of some of his critics, James Buchanan was an ardent democrat. In his paper “ Democracy Unchained: Contractualism, Individualism, and Independence in Buchanan’s Democratic Theory“ NOUS member John Trasher argues that Buchanan’s conception of democratic governance organized by a contractually justified constitution is highly distinctive because Continue Reading…

Malte Dold and Tim Krieger: The ‘New’ Crisis of the Liberal Order: Populism, Socioeconomic Imbalances, and the Response of Contemporary Ordoliberalism

In their latest paper, NOUS members Tim Krieger and Malte Dold argue that our current liberal economic order is unfit to deal with fundamental social asymmetries. The benefits of open borders and economic integration are distributed unevenly in most societies with urban economic and political elites as main beneficiaries and Continue Reading…

F. Gouveia, T. Nilsson and N. Berggren: ‘Two Gentlemen Sharing’: Rental Discrimination of Same-Sex Couples in Portugal

In their paper, Filipe Rodrigues Gouveia, Therese Nilsson, and NOUS member Niclas Berggren measure and analyze discriminatory behavior against same-sex couples trying to rent an apartment in Portugal. This is the first correspondence field experiment investigating discrimination against this minority group in Portugal, adding to a literature using this method Continue Reading…

Charles Delmotte & Nick Cowen: The Mirage of Mark-to-Market: Distributive Justice and Alternatives to Capital Taxation

Substantially increased wealth inequality across the developed world has prompted many philosophers, economists and legal theorists to support comprehensive taxes on all forms of wealth. Proposals include levying taxes on the basis of total wealth, or alternatively the change in the value of capital holdings measured from year-to-year. This contrasts Continue Reading…