Political Theory

Liberty, Violence, and the State


This colloquium explored the place of coercion in the origins and legitimization of the State, focusing on the similarities and differences between criminal enterprises and states.


Conference Readings

Anderson, Annelise, “Organized Crime, Mafia, and Governments” In The Economics of Organized Crime, edited by Gianluca Fiorentini and Sam Peltzman, 33-54. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

de Jasay, Anthony. The State. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998.

de Jouvenel, Bertrand. On Power. Translated by J. F. Huntington. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1993.

Friedman, David. Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life. New York: HarperBusiness, 1996.

Gambetta, Diego. The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.

Krause, Keith. “War, Violence, and the State.” Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. http://graduateinstitute.ch/webdav/site/admininst/shared/iheid/800/krause/forthcoming%20war,violence%20and%20state%20HW70_ch9_krause_corrected%5B1%5D.pdf (December 15, 2011).

Olson, Mancur. Power and Prosperity: Outgrowing Communist and Capitalist Dictatorships. New York: Basic Books, 2000.

Paterson, Isabel. The God of the Machine. Edison: Transaction Publishers, 1993.

Schneider, Jane and Peter Schneider. “The Anthropology of Crime and Criminalization.” Annual Review of Anthropology 37 (2008): 351-373.

Sirc, Ljubo. Between Hitler and Tito: Nazi Occupation and Communist Oppression. London: Andre Deutsch, 1989.

Tilly, Charles, "War Making and State Making as Organized Crime." in Bringing the State Back In, Edited by P. Evans, D. Rueschmeyer, and T. Skopol, 169-191. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Tullock, Gordon. The Selected Works of Gordon Tullock, Volume 1: Virginia Political Economy. Edited by Charles K. Rowley. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2004.

Varese, Frederico. The Russian Mafia: Private Protection in a New Market Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Weber, Max. The Vocation Lectures. Edited by David Owen and Tracy B. Strong. Translated by Rodney Livingstone. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2004.