The Institute for Competitive Governance (ICG) wants to show the world a better way to better government.  How?  By encouraging the research and development of relatively small but deeply innovative special jurisdictions.  This sort of structural reform can put the power of private competition to work at finding new solutions to oldest problems of public life. 

As the world has grown increasingly complex and interconnected, governments’ reform efforts have fallen behind the pace of change. Special jurisdictions, defined as areas exempt from one or more national laws, offer a tool by which countries can test new laws, implement international best practices, and ensure competitiveness for the 21st century.

Competition between special jurisdictions embodies the best aspects of market competition, ensuring that successful practices are rapidly adopted. China lifted 700 million people out of poverty in a large part due to the rapid expansion of special economic zones inspired by Hong Kong. Their success, among others, has opened new vistas for improving governing services with narrow but deep reforms.

The Competitive Governance Institute furthers this area of governmental innovation by generating scholarly work to inform policymakers about special jurisdictions. ICG promotes the study and development of special jurisdictions through white papers, public education, and advice to policymakers.  The Institute maintains a non-partisanship approach to its topic, however, seeking only the universally acceptable goal of improving human communities. 


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Special Jurisdictions are changing the world of politics, society and economics.
We welcome scholars to join ICG in our efforts to find better ways to better government.