Democracy

“The Question Is Whether We Live in a Democracy or a Corporate State”

In an interview with ProMarket, Goliath author Matt Stoller discusses the political choices that led to the downfall of the American antimonopoly movement and the “addiction to...

The Best Political Economy Books of 2019

A history of American antimonopoly, the case against Big Tech, and how Europe got better than the US at free markets: here are (in no...

Political Economy, Blind Spots, and a Challenge to Academics

Anat Admati calls on economists and academics to engage with governance and political economy issues, scrutinize models before applying them to the real world,...

When the Interests of Monopolists and Authoritarians Coalesce

It is when the behemoth of monopoly enterprise consorts with the leviathan of the authoritarian state that both are likely to achieve permanence, writes...

Facebook Is a Threat to Democracy — and the US Has a Responsibility to Rein It In

Facebook and Google have failed at self-regulation. If we want to avoid an authoritarian future, we need to reduce the influence of internet platforms,...

“In the Wake of the 2008 Crisis, You Can't Ignore the Influence of Big Business on Economic Policy”

Historian and author Adam Tooze talks to ProMarket about how the financial crisis “remade” American capitalism, why the US response to the crisis was...

Roger McNamee: “I Think You Can Make a Legitimate Case that Facebook Has Become Parasitic”

In an interview with ProMarket, Facebook early investor Roger McNamee talks about his efforts to get Facebook to fix its business model and the...

Democracy and Economic Growth: New Evidence

Democracy sees higher GDP due to greater civil liberties, economic reform, increased investment and government capacity, and reduced social conflict.   (Note: this post originally appeared in VoxDev.org)   Many...

What’s Capitalism Got Going for It—and Against It? A New Podcast, Capitalisn’t, Tallies the Score

“Capitalism is the engine of prosperity.” “Capitalism sows the seeds of its own demise.” Could both things be true? Economists Kate Waldock and Luigi...

“There Are Good Grounds for Being Very Cynical About Western Elites”

Ahead of his visit to the Stigler Center on October 25, Edward Luce, Washington columnist for the Financial Times and author of The Retreat of...

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Voters Still Believe Politics is About the Common Good, Not Just Rent-Seeking

Do voters still believe that politics can be a source for common-good policies and not just partisan bickering and rent-seeking? With political...

How to Design Data Protection Laws That Actually Work 

More and more countries are passing data protection laws, yet empirical studies show that these laws rarely deliver on their promises. A...

Are Monopolists or Cartels the True Source of Anticompetitive US Political Power?

Trade associations are often the biggest obstacles to competitive markets, especially when those organizations use their influence to change public policy in...

The Uber Files Reveal The Risk of Private Interests Controlling Our Data

Researchers discovered that the introduction of Uber had negative impacts on transportation, findings that required cooperation with public authorities when Uber refused...

Google’s Anticompetitive Conduct and the Remedies to Prevent It

The Stigler Center, of which ProMarket is a part, recently hosted a panel discussion looking at the antitrust case against Google and...