Edward Stringham Book Panel: Private Governance

Sep 03, 2015
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus Johnson Center Cinema

Are all of the rules and regulations governing economic activity a product of central planning or legislation? To what extent does privately produced and enforced governance play a role? In his latest book, Edward Stringham argues that much of what is orderly in the economy can actually be attributed to governing mechanisms devised and enforced by private groups and individuals.

Please join the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a panel discussion featuring Edward Stringham and his new book, Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life (Oxford University Press, 2015).

We will be pleased to hear from author Edward Stringham, as well as panel chair Peter Boettke, and commenters Jason Brennan and Bruce Benson.

For any further questions, please contact Bethany Stalter at bstalter@mercatus.gmu.edu or (703) 993-4889.


Edward Stringham is Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College. His research examines the efficacy of self-governance versus central planning and how self-governance provides order in instances where government enforcement cannot. Dr. Stringham is the editor of two books and the author of more than two dozen articles in refereed journals, including Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and Public Choice.

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 George Mason University. He specializes in Austrian economics, economic history, institutional analysis, public choice, and social change. 

Jason Brennan is Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business, and by courtesy, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He was formerly assistant professor of Philosophy at Brown University. He has written numerous books and articles on political philosophy, applied and normative ethics, and economics.

Bruce Benson is Devoe L. Moore Professor and Distinguished Research Professor, chair of the Economics Department, and a courtesy Professor of Law at Florida State University. Professor Benson has published more than 120 academic articles, contributed more than 60 chapters to edited volumes, written four books, and edited another. His research interests include, but are not limited to, spatial microeconomics, drug policy, and American antitrust law.