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Randall Holcombe on Public Choice and Classical Liberal Community

Randall Holcombe on Public Choice and Classical Liberal Community

When Holcombe takes a step back, one common element of IHS programs that stands out to him is the community of scholars. For him, the most rewarding part of IHS programs is meeting with like-minded people who believe that smaller—rather than larger—government promotes growth and prosperity.

Susan Love Brown on What Makes Society Thrive

At an IHS seminar concerning the theory of the state, Brown was introduced to the ideas of Robert Carneiro, especially his article “A Theory of the Origin of the State,” which was published in 1970. After this introduction, Brown explored thinkers like Herbert Spencer and Karl August Wittfogel. As Brown absorbed these theorists, she discovered that the state “had nothing to do with ideology. It was a fact that required an explanation.”

What’s Your Publication Strategy?

What’s Your Publication Strategy?

When it comes to publishing, there are a lot of different approaches and finding the right strategy for you can depend on a variety of factors. As Fabio Rojas notes in a recent series of tweets, publication strategies vary by career stage, institution, and research area.

IHS Event Weighs in on Liberal Climate Policy

Debating Climate Policy and Environmental Regulation

With regard to large-scale environmental problems, some argue that any policy response would fail to maximize welfare. They believe the best policy is no policy. Others claim policy responses can maximize welfare but must be constrained by liberal principles.

Stop Chasing the Mentorship ‘Unicorn’

When you have the right mentor, everything just clicks, and it can feel like magic. But as Fabio Rojas, professor of sociology at Indiana University Bloomington points out in a recent series of tweets, there is no “unicorn” of a mentor who checks all the boxes for you.

Exploring the World History of Liberalism

Exploring the World History of Liberalism

IHS concluded its “World History of Liberalism” online seminar series. This was the first of three COVID-era experimental programs designed to replicate the experience of a graduate seminar in the online space, using materials students were unlikely to encounter in their coursework.