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Debating Democracy: Do We Need More or Less?brennan

Presented by Jason Brennan, Ph.D.
1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

at MTSU Student Union Ballroom
Free event.


The PERI is hosting author and Professor Jason Brennan, discussing topics from his latest book, Debating Democracy. Democracy does not convert popular opinion into power. Instead, for most voters, politics is less about policy than it is about signaling their loyalty to their peer groups. Democracy makes people mean and stupid because being mean and stupid sends a strong signal of loyalty. Democracy may be the best system we have so far, but making democracy work means acknowledging its systematic flaws, keeping democracy in its place, and being willing to look for methods of overcoming its problems.

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decker welcomePERI welcomes Jarett Decker as new affiliated faculty member

The Political Economy Research Institute is honored to welcome Jarett "Jerry" Decker, J.D., CPA, as a new PERI affiliated scholar. Decker was recently appointed as the Joey Jacobs Chair of Excellence in Accounting at the Jones College of Business at MTSU. As a lawyer and Certified Public Accountant, Decker has more than two decades of global experience in financial transparency regulation and enforcement, governance, financial fraud investigations, and legal and institutional reform. He most recently served as an independent global consultant and Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Miami School of Law, and Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Accounting at Nova Southeastern University. Previously serving as Head of the World Bank's Centre for Financial Reporting Reform, Decker led a team of experts in Vienna, Austria while providing advice and technical assistance to reform corporate and public-sector financial reporting in emerging market economies. He has held previous leadership positions in the enforcement divisions of the PCAOB and the SEC in the U.S. As the first person to serve as Deputy Director and Chief Trial Counsel at the PCAOB, he was responsible for establishing and overseeing the PCAOB's disciplinary litigation program.  He is a contributing writer for Reason magazine and is a former Cato adjunct scholar.

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Mission of the PERI

Established in late 2016, the Political Economy Research Institute is a joint venture between the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and the University Honors College, established with initial seed money from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The mission of the institute is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in research that will further the understanding of business and economic principles, as well as their impact on regional, national, and international financial conditions and the well-being of society. To advance its mission, the PERI will engage in research and educational programs which uncover the institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human well-being.

Annual Reports

Check out the PERI's annual reports below to learn more about the our student-centric mission at MTSU.

2021-22 Report2020-21 Report2019-20 Report


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