F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Research Projects

The Mercatus Center F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics encourages and supports original research that explores pressing issues in political economy. Specifically, research on the topics of Community & Crisis, Freedom & Flourishing, and Work & Dependency.

Community & Crisis

The Community & Crisis research group examines how communities experience, respond to, and can become resilient toward crisis. 

This project brings together and hopes to build on the work by Hayek Program scholars on the challenges associated with disaster relief and recovery; the economic effects of extended wars and post-conflict societal reconstruction; the effectiveness of humanitarian aid; and, the political and social responses to severe economic downturns. The Hayek Program has been pursuing this area of research for over a decade, including the Gulf Coast Recovery Project after Hurricane Katrina (see an overview of the project and list of research) and Enterprise Africa that examined progresses and setbacks of economic development.

Related books and articles by Hayek Program scholars:

Freedom & Flourishing

The Freedom & Flourishing research group examines how the notions of freedom and liberalism shape and are impacted by the cultural, economic, political, and social institutional contexts of communities.

This project builds on the research of Hayek Program scholars regarding the market as a social space, how social norms and values are formed in the process of interacting with others, the cultural elements necessary for a liberal and flourishing society, how social change can take place in order to provide freedom to previously oppressed or restricted groups, and how the restrictions on freedom impact society.

Related books and articles by Hayek Program scholars:

Work & Dependency

The Work & Dependency research group examines the relationship and tensions between a culture of work, self-reliance, and self-governance and the role of government programs.

This project will build on the work by Hayek Program scholars on self-governance as well as on the failures and unintended consequences of government programs. This project will explore the importance of self-governance and the challenge of dependency; how the balance between work, social associations, and government programs changed over time in the United States, and how this change manifests in levels of individual responsibility and/or social dependency among the citizenry; and how a more active state erodes the common conventions of community interdependence necessary to sustain a free society.

Related books and articles by Hayek Program scholars:

Call for Proposals

We are interested in receiving proposals for grants to support the writing of papers and manuscripts, and to support conferences that workshop manuscripts, edited volumes, and special issues.

To submit a proposal, send (1) an abstract of the proposal, (2) a brief summary of how it fits within our research projects, and (3) a current CV via email to HayekProgram@mercatus.gmu.edu. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

These research projects are partially funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation on “Work, Self- governance, and the Challenge of Unsustainable Dependency.” The grant is for a three-year project to explore the themes of work and self-governance as well as the root causes and consequences of the modern shift toward a greater reliance on government efforts to solve collective challenges.