- 9:15AM to 9:30AM
Join Wellness Counselor, Catherine Banson, for a brief fifteen minute meditation via Zoom. These meditation sessions alternate weekly (9:15-9:30am and 4:30-4:45pm). Zoom info can be found here.
Join the Northeastern School of Law, department of Political Science, and the Yale Information Society Project on September 17th at Noon for a Constitution Day lecture by Professor Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. Additional remarks will be given by William Mayer, Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University; Jeremy Paul, Professor of Law, Northeastern University and Patricia Williams, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Northeastern University.
Gregg Gonsalves is an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School.
If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link and background reading.
ABSTRACT: "Existing theories of state strengthening focus on macro-level factors. We know less about the micro-level incentives for elites to support or oppose state strengthening. I develop an argument in which elites choose the most efficient governance structure (public or private) to provide services for their kin. When elites’ kinship networks are geographically dispersed, they prefer to strengthen the state because it is more efficient to 'buy' services from the state. When their kinship networks are geographically concentrated, they prefer a weak state because they can 'make' low-cost private services and avoid paying taxes to the state. I map politicians’ kinship networks using their tomb epitaphs from 11th-century China and show that, even facing severe external threats, politicians exhibited polarization in their attitudes toward state strengthening, which can be explained by the geography of their kinship networks. The findings point to the importance of social structure in understanding state building."