December 25, 2018

Like all human artifacts, constitutions reflect the limits of the human mind, limits of foresight and of moral judgment.

December 12, 2018

What we should really want is both institutions and theory--not only pure economic theory informed by the existence of specific institutions, but also an economic theory of institutions.

December 11, 2018

A precisive abstraction is one in which certain actual characteristics are specified as absent, while a nonprecisive abstraction is one in which certain actual characteristics are absent from specification.

December 1, 2018

Because deliberation taxes our mental energy and time, we rely on mental and operational shortcuts--or heuristics.

November 19, 2018

Until we realize that we are choosing between social arrangements which are all more or less failures, we are not likely to make much headway.

October 15, 2018

Writers of old made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us.

October 13, 2018

Symbolic behavior transforms mere instrumental behavior and is transformed by it...

September 14, 2018

Moving beyond liberalism is not to discard some of liberalism’s main commitments, especially those deepest longings of the West—political liberty and human dignity...

April 23, 2018

The dominant beliefs — that is, of those political and economic entrepreneurs in a position to make policies--over time result in the accretion of an elaborate structure of institutions--both formal rules and informal norms--that determine economic and political perfor...

February 28, 2018

What they really want is that their teachers challenge them and that they care about them. They don’t want fun and games; they want the real thing.

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