2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance
The 2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance
The Constitution of Order in a Self-Governing Society
December 1-3, 2017
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
The Philanthropic Enterprise and the Smith-Tocqueville Center at Michigan State University are pleased to host the 2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance. The Conference on Voluntary Governance is a new initiative seeking to cultivate a community of scholars working to expand our understanding of the diverse patterns of association, problem solving, conflict resolution, and resource management that emerge when people are self-governing—and to apply the emerging insights to contemporary issues in social philosophy, political economy, policymaking, philanthropy, and social enterprise.
The theme for our 2017 conference is “The Constitution of Order in a Self-Governing Society.” Observing the emergence of the democratic age in the early nineteenth century, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that “the science of association is the mother science; the progress of all the rest depends upon the progress it has made.” The Conference on Voluntary Governance seeks to draw attention to and explore questions that can help advance the Tocquevillian science of association in the new economic, social, cultural and technological circumstances of the 21st Century.