Rethinking Capitalism (ReCap) Webinar Series

The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty

by Daron Acemoglu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Tuesday 11 January 2022, 5pm (CET) - Online (ZOOM) from the University of Milano-Bicocca

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Liberty is hardly the 'natural' order of things; usually states have been either too weak to protect individuals or too strong for people to protect themselves from despotism. There is also a happy Western myth that where freedom exists, it's a steady state, arrived at by 'enlightenment'. But this static view is a fantasy; rather, the corridor to liberty is narrow and stays open only through a self-reinforcing struggle between state and society - between elites and citizens. Liberty depends on a delicate balance between the two. This struggle - which affects peace and prosperity - is incessant, and its outcome not predetermined. There is no inevitability to how countries move in and out of the corridor; Europe's political and economic ascendancy, for example, was not guaranteed. Particular historical relationships in each country between state and society affect their political and economic trajectory, and therefore influence how countries respond to events and shocks. So the future is up for grabs.

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Tuesday 11 January 2022, 5pm (CET)


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Online Papers

Amaral-Garcia, S., Dalla Pellegrina, L., & Garoupa, N. (2020). Consensus and Ideology in Courts: An Application to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (Working Paper No. 430). University of Milan Bicocca Department of Economics, Management and Statistics.

Baiardi, D. (2019). Do Sustainable Energy Policies Matter for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions? SSRN Electronic Journal

Baiardi, D., & Morana, C. (2020). Climate Change Awareness: Empirical Evidence for the European Union. SSRN Electronic Journal



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