"Citizen collectives can be a more sustainable institutional form for the future"

Tine de Moor is Professor Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective at the Faculty of Humanities. Her research focuses on citizen collectives – collectives set up by citizens in areas such as care, energy and infrastructure. This institutional form often emerges in areas where the state is withdrawing and the market is absent.

"A good understanding of the long-term evolution of institutions is a sine qua non for building resilient institutions"

Among scholars and in the media, these citizen collectives are still regarded as a revolution in our social order. De Moor dares to claim the contrary by looking at a thousand years of history through an institutional lens. In doing so, she shows how current developments resemble and differ from earlier boosts in the emergence of institutions for collective action. In her inaugural lecturer, entitled ‘Homo Cooperans. Institutions for Collective Action and the Compassionate Society’, De Moor argues for institutional diversity. In addition, she underscores the importance of making good use of the current knowledge about the long-term functioning of institutions for collective action. "Citizen collectives, which will foster the growing influence of citizens, can serve as a sustainable solution for problems which the market and the state are unable to resolve today."