David Skarbek is an award-winning author and lecturer of Political Economy at King’s College London. His research has examined how people define and enforce property rights and trade in the absence of a strong, effective government.
His book 'The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System' examines how inmates create self-governance institutions to promote economic and social interactions behind bars.
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