Advanced Topics in Liberty

City-States as Alternatives to Nation-States

Conference for Students - September 21-23, 2012

Discussion Leader: Daniel D'Amico

Session 1:      The Birth of the City-State

Parker, Geoffrey. Sovereign City: The City–State through History. London: Reaktion Books, 2004. Chapter 1, “Nation, Empire and City: A Geopolitical Typology of States” (pages 7–16), Chapter 2, “The Birth of the City–State” (pages 17–27), and Chapter 3, “The Ancient Greek Polis” (pages 28–46) and notes (pages 233–234).

Session 2:      The Hanseatic League

Spruyt, Hendrik. The Sovereign State and Its Competitors. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994. Chapter 6, “The Fragmentation of the German Empire and the Rise of the Hanseatic League” (pages 109–129) and notes (pages 234–242).

Fink, Alexander. “The Hanseatic League and the Concept of Functional Overlapping Competing Jurisdictions.” Kyklos (Forthcoming 2012): 1-28. Entire article.

Session 3:      The Development of the Italian City-States

Spruyt, Hendrik. The Sovereign State and Its Competitors. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994. Chapter 7, “The Development of the Italian City–States” (pages 130–150) and notes (pages 242–249).

Greif, Avner. Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy: Lessons from Medieval Trade. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Selections from Chapter 8, “Building a State: Genoa’s Rise and Fall” (pages 217–255).

Session 4:      Why did the Sovereign State Prevail?

Spruyt, Hendrik. The Sovereign State and Its Competitors. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994. Chapter 8, “The Victory of the Sovereign State” (pages 153–180) and notes (pages 249–261).

Session 5:       Charter Cities, Free Cities, and Seasteading

Khanna, Parag. “Beyond City Limits.” Foreign Policy (Sept/Oct 2010): 120–123, 126–128. Entire article.

Romer, Paul. “Technologies, Rules and Progress: The Case for Charter Cities.” Banco de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, October 2009. Entire paper.

Strong, Michael and Robert Himber. “The Legal Autonomy of the Dubai International Financial Centre: A Scalable Strategy for Global Free–Market Reforms.” Economic Affairs 29, no. 2 (June 2009): 36–41. Entire article.

Friedman, Patri and Brad Taylor. “Seasteading: Competitive Governments on the Ocean.” Kyklos (Forthcoming 2012): 1-19. Entire article.

Session 6:      The Future of Cities

Glaeser, Edward. Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. New York: The Penguin Press, 2011. Chapter 9, “How Do Cities Succeed?” (pages 223–246).

Parker, Geoffrey. Sovereign City: The City–State through History. London: Reaktion Books, 2004. Chapter 14, “The Globalization of the City–State” (pages 213–224) and “Epilogue: The Ideal and the Reality” (pages 225–231).