Peter Leeson Book Panel: Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think

Peter Leeson Book Panel: Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think
  • Start Date:
    Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • End Date:
    Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • Time:
    2:00pm
    3:30pm
  • Location:
    George Mason University, Fairfax Campus; Johnson Center Cinema
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The F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Mercatus Center invites you to a panel discussion featuring Peter Leeson and his new book, Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think.

In this book, Professor Leeson uses rational choice theory to explore the benefits of self-governance. Relying on experience from the past and present, this book provides evidence of anarchy “working” where it is least expected to do so and explains how this is possible. Provocatively, Leeson argues that in some cases anarchy may even outperform government as a system of social organization, and demonstrates where this may occur. Anarchy Unbound challenges the conventional self-governance wisdom. It showcases the incredible ingenuity of private individuals to secure social cooperation without government and how their surprising means of doing so can be superior to reliance on the state.

We will be pleased to hear from the author, Peter Leeson, as well as chair, Peter Boettke, and commenters, Barak Richman and John Hasnas.

For any further questions, please contact Kate Rinaldi at krinaldi@mercatus.gmu.edu or (703) 993-8129.

Peter Leeson is BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Duncan Black Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for the Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. 

Peter Boettke is University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, and the Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

Barak Richman is the Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor Law and Professor of Business Administration at Duke University. Professor Richman’s primary research interests include the economics of contracting, new institutional economics, antitrust, and healthcare policy. His book Stateless Commerce is set to be published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

John Hasnas is an associate professor of business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and a visiting associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Professor Hasnas is also the director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. His book Trapped: When Acting Ethically Is Against the Law is available from the Cato Institute.

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