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Josiah Ober
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Classical Athens as an Epistemic Democracy

Josiah Ober
2020 October 30, 2020

Chapter in Brill's Companion to the Reception of Athenian Democracy: From the Late Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era

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Knowledge Management for Self-Organised Resource Allocation

David Burth Kurka, Jeremy Pitt, Josiah Ober
ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, 2019 July 31, 2019

Many instances of socio-technical systems in the digital society and digital economy require some form of self-governance. Examples include community energy systems, peer production systems, participatory sensing applications, and shared management of communal living areas or workspace. Such systems have several features in common, of which three are that they are rule-orientedself-organising, and value-sensitive, and in operation, this combination of features entails self-modification of the rules in order to satisfice a changeable set of values.

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In Search of Democracy 4.0: Is Democracy as We Know It Destined to Die?

Brook Manville, Josiah Ober
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine , 2019 March 11, 2019

There are plenty of indicators of doom: Donald Trump riding roughshod over U.S. constitutional norms; the rise of high-handed strongmen across Europe supported by ethno-centric crowds; free press and free voting under attack by cyber manipulation. Add mass migration threatening borders and national identities; rising wealth inequality; politics gridlocked by strife about rights, benefits, and duties, amidst growing resentment of "global elites" and new would-be citizens; and evolving confusion about the nature of the "common good."

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Is development uniquely modern? Ancient Athens on the doorstep

Federica Carugati, Josiah Ober, Barry R. Weingast
Public Choice, 2019 January 2, 2019

By offering out-of-sample observations, pre-modern case studies can provide unique insights into the process of economic development. We focus on the case of ancient Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. During that time, Athens moved beyond the logic of rent-seeking and rent-creation that grips natural states, displaying many features of development present in the modern world.

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Knowledge Management for Democratic Governance of Socio-Technical Systems (Chapter in The Future of Digital Democracy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.)

Jeremy Pitt, Ada Diaconescu, Josiah Ober
Springer, Cham, 2018 December 18, 2018

The Digital Transformation (DX) is a broad term describing the changes and innovations brought about by the introduction of information and communication technologies into all aspects of society. One such innovation is to empower bottom-up, self-governing socio-technical systems for a range of applications. Such systems can be based on Ostrom’s design principles for self-governing institutions for sustainable common-pool resource management.

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