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Welcome to Week 2

How does self-governance arise? In this article, Professor Mark Pennington explains the role of public entrepreneurship.
In the previous week, we discussed self-governing institutions as possible solutions to collective action problems. We also began considering real-world case studies of self-governance. This week, we’ll learn more about what is required for this form of governance to function successfully. We’ll see how this plays out in diverse areas of public policy including emergency response, crime prevention, and housing affordability.

Our goals are to understand:

● the role of public entrepreneurs in devising solutions to collective action problems

● the ways in which public entrepreneurs and governments work in tandem to solve collective action problems through the process of co-production

● polycentric orders as the institutional settings within which public entrepreneurship and co-production can flourish.

Let’s get started with the first of these items in the next step.

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The Ideal of Self-Governance: Public Policy Beyond Markets and States

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