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Ideas + Research

The following are a small selection of papers inspired by or responding to Radical Markets from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

As part of the evolving intellectual agenda of RadicalxChange, we see three emerging areas of inter-related research: the first relating to the problem of how we conceive of identity as social intersection rather than individuation; the second related to speculative design and the third on finding intersections for the fields of emotions studies and mechanism design. The first area has already led to some working papers. For the second, see the attached description of Jennifer Morone’s new project, The Scheme of Things*. For a working bibliography for thinking about how to bring emotion studies into conversation with mechanism design, see the sections of the bibliography devoted to each below.*

Building the Movement

The following blog posts, white papers and artworks are indicative of some of the ways RadicalxChange ideas have been “translated” for different intellectual and social communities, and into blueprints for concrete action.

General Works

Self Assessed Licenses

Radical Democracy

Humane Immigration and Worker Mobility

  • William J. Bernstein, A Splendid Exchange, Introduction

  • Branko Milanovic, Global Inequality, Chapters 3 (Inequality Among Countries) and 5 (What’s Next?)

  • Michael Clemens, Walls of Nations, Introduction

  • Reihan Salam, Good Fences, Introduction

  • Dani Rodrik, Straight Talk on Trade, Preface and Chapter 1

  • Jens Hainmueller and Daniel J. Hopkins, “Public Attitudes Towards Immigration

  • Adam Ozimek et al., “Could a Heartland Visa Help Struggling Regions?


Data Dignity

Entrepreneurship + Technology

Arts + Communication

Activism + Government

Emotions Studies

The following is meant to be a sample of the scholarship from a wide range of disciplines we might begin to draw upon as we consider how to bring this area of research into conversation with mechanism design for RadicalxChange. The foundational work of Norbert Elias’ relational sociology, especially his concept of homines aperti, his pioneering interest in emotions and in utopian thinking may be especially productive as a starting point for approaching emotions studies as social scientists interested in radical social change and humane mechanism design. A complete list of his works can be found here but for our purposes, Vols. 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14 (especially essays 2, 10-12), 15 (essays 6, 9); 16 (essays 1-7, 12, 14-17). Thinking about emotions also allows us to consider cultural difference in politico-economic decision-making, which is important given our global reach.

  • Elizabeth A. Phelps, “The Study of Emotions in Neuroeconomics,” in Paul W. Glimcher et al., eds., Neuroeconomics: Decision-making and the Brain (Academic Press: 2009): 233-250

  • Karolina M. Lempert and Elizabeth A. Phelps, “Neuroeconomics of Emotion and Decision Making,” in Paul W. Glimcher and Ernst Fehr, eds., Neuroeconomics (Second Edition) (Academic Press: 2014): 219-236

  • Ernst Fehr and Colin F. Camerer, “Social neuroeconomics: the neural circuitry of social preferences,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 11, Issue 10 (2007): 419-427

  • Ernst Fehr, K. Hoff, M. Kshetramade, “Spite and Development,” American Economic Review, Vol. 98, No. 2 (2008): 494-499.

  • Jérôme Ballet, Emmanuel Petit and Delphine Pouchain, “What Mainstream Economics Should Learn From the Ethics of Care,” Oeconomia: 8-2 (2018): 187-208.

  • Daniel John Zizzo, “Anger and economic rationality,” Journal of Economic Methodology, 15:2 (2008): 147-167

  • Theesfeld, “Constrains on collective action in a transitional economy: the case of Bulgaria’s irrigation sector,” World Development, No. 32 (2004): 251-271

  • Bereket Kebede and Daniel John Zizzo, “Social Preferences and Agricultural Innovation: An experimental case study from Ethiopia,” World Development, No. 67 (2015): 267-280.

  • K. Abbink and B. Hermann, “The moral costs of nastiness,” Economic Inquiry, Vol. 49, No. 2 (2011): 631-633.

  • K. Abbink and B. Hermann, “The pleasures of being nasty,” Economic Letters, Vol. 105, No. 3 (2009): 306-308

  • X. Fontaine and K. Yamada, “Caste comparisons in India: Evidence from subjective well-being data,” World Development, No. 64 (2014): 407-419

  • Shaun P. Hargreaves Heap and Daniel John Zizzo, “The Value of Groups,American Economic Review, Vol. 99, No. 1 (2009): 295-323.

  • Jennifer S. Lerner, Ye Li, Piercarlo Valdesolo, Karim S. Kassam “Emotion and Decision Making,” Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 66, No. 1 (2015): 799-823

  • Francisco J. Gil-White, “Ultimatum Game with an ethnicity manipulation: results from Khovdiin Bulgan Sum, Mongolia,” in J. Henrich, R. Boyd, S. Bowles, C. Camerer, E. Fehr, H. Gintis, eds., Foundations of human sociality: Economic experiments and ethnographic evidence from fifteen small-scale societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

  • Arlie Hochschild, The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1983)

  • Jeff Godwin, James Jasper, and Francesca Polietta, eds., Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2001)

  • Robert Solomon, ed., Thinking about Feeling: Contemporary Philosophers on Emotions (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2004)

  • Jessie J. Prinze, “Feeling without Thinking,” in Gut Reactions (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2004) 21- 51

  • Martha Nussbaum, Upheavals of Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001)

  • Brian Massumi, “The autonomy of affect.” Cultural Critique 31 (1995): 83-109; Parables of the Virtual (Durham, Duke University Press, 2002)

  • Silvan Tomkins, Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader, eds. Eve Sedgwick and Adam Frank (Durham: Duke University Press)

  • Lucien Febvre, La sensibilité et l’histoire. Comment reconstituer la vie affective d’autrefois?, Annales d’histoire sociale 3 (1941): 5-20.

  • Barbara Rosenwein, Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages (2006, Cornell University Press); Generations of Feeling: A History of Emotions, 600-1700 (2015, Cambridge University Press); What Is the History of Emotions? (Co-authored with Riccardo Cristiani) (2017, Polity Press), “Worrying about Emotions in History,” American Historical Review 107 (June 2002): 821–45.

  • Ananya Chakravarti, “The Affective (Re)turn and Early Modern European History“, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 41(2) (2015) 88-96.

  • Sara Ahmad, The Cultural Politics of Emotions (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2004)

  • Alicia Grandey, James Diefendorff, Deborah E. Rupp, Emotional Labor in the 21st Century (Routledge)

  • William Reddy, The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

  • John Corrigan, Religion and Emotion (Oxford University Press, 2004)

  • Jorn Rüsen, “Emotional Forces in Historical Thinking: Some Metahistorical Reflections and the Case of Mourning,Historein, Vol. 8 (2012): 41-53.

  • Lisa Blackman, Immaterial bodies: Affect, embodiment, mediation (Sage, 2012).

  • Patricia Ticineto Clough, “The new empiricism: affect and sociological method.” European Journal of Social Theory 12.1 (2009): 43-61.

  • Clare Hemmings, “Affective solidarity: Feminist reflexivity and political transformation.” Feminist Theory 13.2 (2012): 147-161.

  • Ruth Leys, “The turn to affect: A critique.” Critical Inquiry 37.3 (2011): 434-472.

  • Constantia Papoulias and Felicity Callard, “Biology’s gift: Interrogating the turn to affect,” Body & Society, 16.1 (2010): 29-56.

  • Melissa Gregg, Gregory J. Seigworth, Sara Ahmed, The Affect Theory Reader (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010)

  • Nigel J. Thrift, Non-representational Theory: Space, Politics, Affect. London: Routledge, 2007; “Understanding the affective spaces of political performance,” in Emotion, place and culture (2009): 79-96.

  • Mette Hjort and Sue Laver, eds., Emotions and the Arts (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997)

Knowledge and Plurality

Plurality is beneficial in the search for knowledge. Institutional epistemology is a field of research into the properties of institutional arrangements and social system in terms of their conduciveness to learning, problem-solving and knowledge-attainment in general. One of the founding insights of institutional epistemology is that groups of diverse investigators outperform groups of best investigators in resolving complex problems, and one of its central research focuses are the conditions under which plurality exhibits high epistemic value. The following texts include the classical epistemological accounts of the value of plurality and the relevant contemporary pluralist developments in political philosophy after the “epistemic turn”.