Research

Working papers (* under review; ** revisions requested)

‘Property Rights in an Entangled Political Economy’ *

This paper outlines key applications of property rights theory from the standpoint of ‘entangled political economy,’ which conceptualises economic and political agents interacting within society. The entangled political economy framework stresses that property rights denote relationships between societal members, and that property rights are the subject of evolutionary change. The nature and role of property rights in an entangled political economy reinforces the ‘bundle of rights’ perspective, challenging notions of property rights that emphasise the primacy of ownership. Far from necessarily imperiling the integrity of a market‑based economic order, the bundle orientation inherent in entangled political economy can accommodate extensive market activities grounded in robust property right protections.

‘Negative freedom and the capability approach’ *

This paper reaffirms the significance of negative freedom for the development of human capabilities. Drawing primarily upon the works of John Stuart Mill and Friedrich Hayek, the claim is made that an expanding set of capabilities, conducive to improved well‑being, relies upon a notion of freedom grounded in an extensive domain of non‑interference. Negative freedom enables both the discovery of, and experimentation with, opportunities that create and expand capability. This is illustrated by a concept of entrepreneurship in which entrepreneurs engage in the selection and variation of capabilities to be or to do, harnessing new opportunities to enhance well‑being for themselves and for others. This approach complements conventional notions of entrepreneurial conduct focussed upon arbitrage, innovation, or risk management. Entrepreneurship as capability facilitation depends critically upon the maintenance of background institutions which minimises the application of coercive political power, and respects the agency of people to undertake their own capability discoveries and experiments.

Works in progress

‘An Australian Economic Freedom Index using Regulatory Restrictiveness Measures’

‘Public Sector Size and Economic Performance in Australia: An Empirical Assessment’

‘Entangled Comparative Historical Political Economy’

‘J. M. Buchanan and the Network Structure of Ideas’

Inequality: A Liberal Perspective