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What is Self-Governance?

In this video, Professor Mark Pennington explains the foundations of self-governance as a solution to collective action problems.

Let’s get started by asking ourselves a fundamental question: What is governance? How does it differ from government?

Use the discussion space below to write down your own definitions of these terms, why they are different, and why the distinction might be important. After watching the first lecture, has anything changed about how you understand these terms? How does the concept of self-governance fit into the picture?

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

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