MDM 2018 Panel: Economic Democracy through Monetary Design

Recognizing money as a public project necessarily leads to a re-examination of the types of economic institutions promoted by our monetary system. Throughout American history, both social movements and the US government have seen the potential to create, through the monetary system, an economy dominated by more democratic forms of economic organization. This panel will examine both historical and modern attempts to create more widespread and democratic ownership of the productive economy through the monetary system.

Presentations and Discussion

Robert Hockett – Cornell Law School, “A Monied Yeomanry”
Joseph R. Blasi – Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations,
“The Citizen’s Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century”
Lenore Palladino – Roosevelt Institute,
“Economic Democracy through Corporate Governance.”
Jeffrey Sklansky – University of Illinois at Chicago,
”The Currency of Agrarian Cooperation in the Gilded Age”

Moderator: Martin Drake – Harvard Law School

MDM 2018: History and Theory

If money is a complex collective enterprise, protean in design possibilities both in practice and conception, then it has a history of change, carries profound moral significance, and lays a rightful claim to the concern of citizens and political theorists, lawyers and economists alike. How should an approach to money as a public medium re-orient fields that have ignored it? And how might the ideal of democracy matter in revised approaches?
Jeffrey Sklansky
– University of Illinois at Chicago
Stefan Eich
– Princeton, Society of Fellows
Stephen Marglin – Harvard University
Scott Ferguson – University of South Florida
Christine Desan – Harvard Law School
Moderator: Roy Kreitner, Tel Aviv University School of Law