June 1, 2005

Towards a Democratic Civilization for the 21st Century

  • Sujai Shivakumar

    Senior Program Officer, The National Academies
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Professor Wagner characterizes Vincent Ostrom's oeuvre as a meditation on Hamilton's question of "whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice". In this comment, I note that the themes in Professor Ostrom's work also respond to Alexis de Tocqueville's challenge to develop a "new science of politics" for a new world. In a world where state failure in the Third World has led to development failure and more, Ostrom's contributions show what is required to achieve a vibrant democratic civilization in this new century.


Citation (Chicago-Style)

Shivakumar, Sujai J. "Towards a Democratic Civilization for the 21st Century." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 57, no. 2 (2005): 199-204.