Ideas tagged with institutions

Stratified sortition for balancing representativeness and efficiency in large participatory institutions

As a self-governing institution grows, it becomes a target for elite capture. Sortition, or governance by lottery, is a mechanism displacing elites and for preserving democratic rule. A large legislature with randomly appointed representatives, or a small board with oversight over that legislatu...

By Seth Frey

"I am the law!" - The empirical link between lawyer-lawmakers and legal cost/burden

For better or worse, a large part of the politicians sitting in national/regional parliaments or similar positions of power are trained law professionals. As lawmakers, they have the unique opportunity to influence the amount of available work for their own profession (particularly if they don't...

By Matthias Roesti

Institutional Assimilation

The role of social media companies in content moderation takes center stage in the Section 230 debate. Many conservatives believe that firms like Facebook are mimicking state authority by censoring speech (Frederick,2023). What if there is merit to this claim? By collaborating with the instit...

By Peter Clark

Index of the Value of Labor over Capital (LoCI)

I present a simple index to gauge the relative valuation of labor over capital in a country (LoCI). This index should correlate positively with the wealth and HDI of the country, and negatively with the precariousness of life of basic service providers at the bottom of the pyramid in that countr...

By Michael Araki

Engine change at 80MPH: OSS projects as laboratories for participatory governance transformation

Online communities are high-throughput laboratories for governance change and innovation. Elinor Ostrom's idea of institutional diversity, that sustainable resource governance requires a diversity of governance forms and approaches, is well represented by the diversity and complexity of online r...

By Seth Frey, Nicholas Vincent, Nathan Schneider, Amy Zhang, Joshua Tan, Shauna Gordon-McKeon