Corporate Governance As If People Mattered

Leiden, a.d. VIII Id. Mar. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., Climate change, smog, oil spillage, to name just a few typical examples of negative externalities, are some of the main reasons people oppose capitalism and multinationals. Concluding that companies often harm people is not a Nobel prize winning claim, the million dollar question is how we can make companies... Continue Reading →

The Coal Fired Power Plant Quagmire

  Leiden, a.d. XVI Kal. Feb. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., A few weeks ago the Dutch lower house (Tweede Kamer) decided to start phasing out coal fired power plants (CFPPs). Three energy companies, who recently built three CFPPs immediately threatened to sue the Dutch government for €6billion. This provides a good example of an issue I discussed in an... Continue Reading →

Structure vs Agency: A False Dichotomy? (Part 1)

Leiderdorp, a.d. III Id. Dec. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., One of the major discussions in the social sciences is the discussion whether structure or agency explains social phenomena best. On the one hand, structuralists argue that society is structured in certain ways, and that people are compelled to act in a certain way by those structures. Individuals have... Continue Reading →

Nuclear Bombs And Oreo Cookies: How Political Science and Economics Are The Flip-Sides Of The Same Coin

Amsterdam, a.d. prid id. Sep. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., Both economics and political science study how groups make decisions about 'who gets what and when?', only in different circumstances with different decision making processes. The biggest difference between the two disciplines is that economics looks at how markets allocate thins and why they sometimes fail at doing that,... Continue Reading →

What Did The Romans Ever Do For Us!?

Leiden, a.d. XIV Kal. Sep. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., I love Romans. I know they were brutal sexist imperialists, who remorselessly butchered and enslaved entire peoples, they had a slave based economy, they had crazy, nay absolutely completely and indubitably lunatic emperors etc. etc. etc. Yet, at the same time, they built an impressive civilization, had a surprisingly modern economy,... Continue Reading →

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