Norms and Equitable Urbanization

On its formation, the CGJ  promised to study rural, urban, local, and global application of social-norms concepts.  The cities of Bogotá and Medellín in Colombia have pioneered municipal-level change of harmful social norms, studied by Mackie in “Effective Rule of Law Requires Construction of a Social Norm of Legal Obedience Construction,” and expanded to Tijuana, Mexico by Forman in  “Social Norms and the Cross-Border Citizen: From Adam Smith to Antanas Mockus” and Forman and Cruz in the Binational Citizenship Culture Survey, which applied social norms concepts in communities in the binational region.

The Center’s research in this area has been widely disseminated:  exclusively in two scholarly workshops at UCSD, one at LSHTM, and a 9-day session for the Population Council in Nairobi; in multiple academic gatherings from UCSD to Zurich; in two-week formal training sessions for UNICEF field personnel; in three undergraduate and two graduate course offerings at UCSD since 2012; and to policy-makers in London, England, New Delhi, India, Bogota, Bamako, Mali, and Dakar, Senegal; and in numerous personal communications with researchers, policymakers, and the mass media around the world.

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