The sociology of alien rule

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Discontent with alien rule is often assumed to be pervasive, if not universal, thus accounting for the absence of an international market in governance services. There is no shortage of explanations of the antipathy to alien rule, and a great deal of corroborative evidence. Many believe that people seem to prefer to be badly ruled by their own kind than better ruled by aliens. Yet if this is true, then identity trumps competence in the assessment of rule, implying that we are all liable to suffer from sub-optimal governance. In contrast, this paper argues that the evidence for the pervasive-ness of antipathy to alien rule is overdrawn. To that end, it distinguishes between two different types of alien rule--elected and imposed – provides a brief portrait of each, and suggests that when aliens are confronted with incentives to rule fairly and efficiently, they can gain legitimacy even when they have been imposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction, 2008
EditorsJohn J. Salerno, Michael J. Young, Huan Liu
PublisherSpringer
Pages19-24
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780387776712
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Event1st International workshop on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling and Prediction, 2008 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: Apr 1 2008Apr 2 2008

Publication series

NameSocial Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction, 2008

Conference

Conference1st International workshop on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling and Prediction, 2008
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period4/1/084/2/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The sociology of alien rule'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this