Benjamin Broman & Georg Vanberg: Feuding, arbitration, and the emergence of an independent judiciary

Anthropologists, historians, and political economists suggest that private violence—feuding—provides order and enforces agreements in the absence of a state. In their new paper, Benjamin Broman and NOUS member Georg Vanberg ground these accounts in a series of formal models that shows the relationship between feuding, informal arbitration, and formal judicial Read more…

Berta van Schoor/ Christoph Lütge: Conditions of collective commitment in sector-specific coordinated governance initiatives

Although both the problem of corruption and its detrimental effects on society, economy, and environment has widely been recognized, corruption remains one of the most challenging problems of today. In light of globalization, the exclusive focus on compliance-oriented measures such as sharpening laws seems to be more and more ineffective. Read more…