Some commentary on innovative governance news
Titus Gebel, a German entrepreneur just had his book, Free Private Cities, published in English. He was kind enough to thank me in the acknowledgements! He presents a radical libertarian, Rothbardian inspired case for free private cities. I am less radical than he is, and fear that such a strict property rights regime is unworkable in practice....Read More
The nomination of Brett Kavanuagh to the Supreme Court has ignited an interesting discussion about the rise of the conservative legal movement. While Trump has challenged the conservative establishment in many ways, he has remained deferential to the conservative legal establishment, effectively handing over judicial appointment decision rights to the Federalist Society.
David Brooks has the...Read More
One of the most important considerations in building a charter city is location. Building a charter city in the wrong location will inevitably lead to failure, while getting the location right can obscure substandard performance on other important questions facing a charter city. There are three key attributes of location, 1) legal autonomy, 2) potential population, 3) trade patterns.
Wade Shepard, a journalist who writes on new cities has an article in Forbes which describes some of the challenges in categorizing new city projects.
When emerging markets step onto the global stage they are often clad in new cities. From China to India to the Middle East to North and Subsaharan Africa, markets are rebranding themselves as modern, international and investment-worthy by...Read More
Last week I attended the World Free Zone Organization’s annual conference in Dubai. One of my goals with the Center for Innovative Governance Research is, first to map, then bring together the groups which are a natural constituency for charter cities and other types of free zones. As such, what follows is a mapping of what I believe the important aspects of the World Free Zone Organization...Read More
The development community is shifting their focus to fragile states. The World Bank doubled their fund for fragile states. Concurrently, a commission led by David Cameron published a report, “Escaping the Fragility Trap”.
The idea of fragile states is closely linked to the literature on state capacity, which has become a hot topic in economic history over the last decade. State capacity is...Read More