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Dr. Alessandro Sontuoso


Mars, Colonization, SpaceX, NASA, Constitutional Political Economy, Reciprocity, Colonial America, Behavioral Spillovers, Cultural Behavior, Martian Colony


NASA has released an account of the agency's plans for a mission to Mars. Private organizations, like SpaceX, too have expressed a goal to visit or, in some cases, even establish settlements on Mars. Yet the prospect of establishing settlements, that is, colonizing - as opposed to simply exploring - raises a number of issues. The focus of this study is on the emergence of institutions and organizations on an extraterrestrial planet like Mars. Specifically, the thesis will explore the conscious design of organizations and institutions of collective action, from the Constitutional Political Economy perspective.



Date Posted: 27 September 2016


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