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Superstition and Self-Governance

New Thinking in Austrian Political Economy

ISBN: 978-1-78560-137-8, eISBN: 978-1-78560-136-1

Publication date: 3 August 2015


This paper investigates the relationship between superstition and self-governance. We argue that at least some superstitions, and perhaps many, support self-governing arrangements. The relationship between such scientifically false beliefs and private institutions is symbiotic and socially productive. This simple but overlooked observation may help explain the emergence and otherwise puzzling persistence of both superstitions and “spontaneous” orders that seem perverse or dysfunctional, as well as why these two phenomena are often found together.



Leeson, P.T. and Suarez, P.A. (2015), "Superstition and Self-Governance", New Thinking in Austrian Political Economy (Advances in Austrian Economics, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 47-66.



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