The Global Development And Environment Institute



Search GDAE

Subscribe for
E-mail Updates

Leontief Prize

Recent Publications

Media Room

Upcoming Events

Publicaciones en Español

Publications en Francais

Publications in Chinese

Jobs and Resources


The Public Economy Project

The long-term goal of the Public Economy Project is to foster, develop, and advance a cogent theory of the public nonmarket economy, which is lacking in contemporary economic theory. In the shorter term, the project will undertake research, organizing activities, and a Working Group to develop policy proposals to support the public economy and the achievement of the long-term goal.

Public Economy in Crisis CoverThe Public Economy Project was established by Research Fellow June Sekera. Her 2016 book, The Public Economy in Crisis; A Call for a New Public Economics, provides a framework for much of the work of this project. The book followed a 2015 GDAE Working Paper on “Economics and the Near-Death Experience of Democratic Governance”.

Other products underway or anticipated include:

  • A paper on “What is the Public Economy?; Defining its Nature, Scope and Size”
  • A teaching module about “public goods”
  • A Working Group on “Re-Founding Public Management”, using the concept of the nonmarket public economy as the foundation.

In October 2017, GDAE co-sponsored a conference on Restoring Public Control of Public Goods: Reconstruction, not “Deconstruction”. Read a report about the conference, or see summaries of selected presentations here.

Public Goods Post
The Public Goods Post is an ongoing digest of information and news about public goods. The intent of the Post is to make sure that Americans know about the multitude of goods and services that they receive through the public economy, many of which are invisible or unrecognized. Topics range from urban transport and biking to education and technological innovation. Read all posts here.

by June Sekera
The public economy: understanding government as a producer, June Sekera, Real World Economics Review, June 2018
Outsourced Government – The Quiet Revolution: Examining the Extent of Government-by-Corporate-Contractor, Data Brief, Global Development and Environment Institute, September 2017
Freedom of Information Act (In)Applicability to Government Contractors, Policy Report, Global Development and Environment Institute, September 2017
Missing from the Mainstream: The Biophysical Basis of Production and the Public Economy, GDAE Working Paper 17-02, May 2017.
The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable and Food-Secure FarmingThe Quaker United Nations Office, March 2017.
The Public Economy in Crisis; A Call for a New Public Economics. Springer. 2016.
Fixing Broken Government; The Need for a New Conceptual Foundation, Public Administration Times; Vol. 1, Issue 3. Fall 2015.
Economics and the Near-Death Experience of Democratic Governance, GDAE Working Paper 15-02, May 2015.
Re-thinking the Definition of ‘Public Goods’, Real World Economics Review; July 9, 2014.
Public Goods and the Invisibility of Sustainability, Sustainable Community Planning; Sustainable Communities Division, American Planning Assn. Winter/Spring 2014, pg 9.
An Invisible Crisis, with Charles Derber; Boston Globe; January 22, 2014.
The Public Goods Deficit, with Charles Derber; Tikkun; January 10, 2014.
Why Aren’t We Talking About Public Goods? – A Proposed Research Agenda, Real World Economics Review; May 9, 2013
Why Aren’t We Talking About Public Goods, PolicyShop, Demos; Sept. 20, 2013.
Brief History of Public Goods, PolicyShop, Demos; Nov. 6, 2013.
Beyond a Narrow View of Public Goods, PolicyShop, Demos; Nov. 11, 2013.
A Politics of Public Goods, PolicyShop, Demos; Nov. 19, 2013.
Local Governments and Sustainability: The Power of Public Goods, with Sarah James; Public Administration Times; July 2013.
Public Goods: The Hidden Products of Public Service, Public Administration Times; Vol. 36, No.2; April/May/June 2013.
States and Communities: The Challenge for Economic Action, with Nancy Barbe;National Congress for Community Economic Development; Washington, DC. November 1983.

by Daniel Agostino
Online Information Sources: Government Expenditures, Global Development and Environment Institute, August 2016.

To receive notifications of new GDAE publications, subscribe here.


Top of Page

Tufts University Logo

Global Development And Environment Institute
Tufts University
44 Teele Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144 USA
Tel: 617-627-3530 | Email:

Copyright © 2002 – Tufts University