Public Choice

, Volume 178, Issue 1–2, pp 315–317 | Cite as

Evan Osborne: Self-regulation and human progress: how society gains when we govern less

Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 2018, xiii + 251 pp (Hardback), USD 65.00
  • Liya PalagashviliEmail author
Book Review

Regulation is often discussed in the context of the regulation of economic activity—labor, environmental, financial markets, and the like. It is also often framed in terms of analyzing the successes and failures of government regulation, such as examining the impact of regulations on aspects of economic activity, debating the justifications of the regulations, and understanding the broader intended and unintended consequences of regulations.

While these are all important facets of regulation, Evan Osborne’s Self-Regulation and Human Progressfocuses on broader systems of regulations for not only economic activity, but also for other aspects of society, such as communication and speech, art, science, and ethics. Osborne provides a broad understanding of what regulation means and presents a historical account of how progress has been achieved in areas of science, speech, and socioeconomic factors through decades of self-regulation. In doing so, he discusses the mechanisms that...


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  1. 1.State University of New York-PurchasePurchaseUSA

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