Category Archives: Political theory

Yes Minister: hilarious, truthful, too good to be true.

Here at Troppo we have referred to the ‘Yes Minister series’ many times because of its brilliant commentary on the timeless issues of government, exemplified in the skit above. I have gone through three phases with the series: when it … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Democracy, Economics and public policy, Ethics, Geeky Musings, Humour, Journalism, Libertarian Musings, Life, Philosophy, Political theory, Review, Society | 8 Comments

Power, understanding and knowledge

I’m wondering why the facts and ideas generated in the abstract below aren’t higher up the order of proceedings in such things as teaching the economics of industrial organisation, the economics of information. What Hayekian has focused on this? Pathetic that I’ve not … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Democracy, Economics and public policy, Information, Philosophy, Political theory | 2 Comments

Elite tribalism and the new ruling class

Via this great column of Ross Douthat, I came upon this really fine essay on The New Ruling Class. On Googling the author it turned out she is an American who lives in Sydney and works for the CIS. The interview of … Continue reading

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Vox pop democracy and the division of cognitive labour

In the last post,Paul Frijters dismissed my proposal that deliberative democracy mechanisms should have had some role in the Brexit decision. I don’t think sortition makes any sense in the case of something like Brexit. The notion that a jury of randomly chosen citizens … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, Political theory, Politics - international, Politics - national | 3 Comments

Effects of the Minimum Wage on Infant Health

Effects of the Minimum Wage on Infant Health The minimum wage has increased in multiple states over the past three decades. Research has focused on effects on labor supply, but very little is known about how the minimum wage affects … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Education, Ethics, Philosophy, Political theory, Politics - international | 1 Comment

Wanted: Ground rules for referendums

There’s a reason that the UK’s vote on EU departure seems so strange, and it applies regardless of whether you like Brexit or not. It’s this: the UK has made what might be a very substantial change to its own nature … Continue reading

Posted in Political theory, Politics - international | 17 Comments

Self-interest, altruism and shared intentionality: a quick note and stake in the ground

To a substantial extent the ‘left/right’ divide is characterised by a common way of seeing the world in which there’s self-interest and its opposite – altruism. But I think that impoverishes the debate. I think there’s a third category far more … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Political theory, Public and Private Goods | 7 Comments