Blockchain Governance Reading List
A Curriculum Maintained by the IEEE P2145, Working Group on Blockchain/DLT Governance Standards
Posted on August 26, 2020
The following curriculum is updated periodically with new modules and readings. The last update was made on August 20th, 2020. If you are interested in learning more about blockchain governance or contributing to our work, reach out to our Chair, Thomas B. Cox, or our Vice Chair, Kirsten Pomales Langenbrunner.
Module 1: An Introduction to Blockchain Governance
The Role of Governance
Governance Models and Design
Module 2: Advanced Concepts in Blockchain Governance
Incomplete Contract Theory
Game Theory and Blockchain Governance
Stakeholder Alignment in Blockchain Systems
Module 3: An Introduction to Tokenomics
The Economics of Blockchains
Module 4: Introduction to Blockchain Consortium Governance
Consortium Design & Governance
Module 5: Use Cases In Action: Scaling Through Governance
The Chair's Recommended Reading on Blockchain Governance
The following books and courses are exceptional resources for those seeking a greater understanding of blockchain governance and collectives design.
- Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, Elinor Ostrom
- Enterprise Blockchain Has Arrived, Radhika Iyegnar, Jorden Woods
- Game Theory and the Law, Robert Gertner
- Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge: Culture, Coordination and Common Knowledge, Michael Suk-Young Chwe
- Beyond Governments, Jonas Moberg
- An Introduction to the Use of Formal Methods in Political Philosophy, Robert Paul Wolff
- Punished by Rewards: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes, Alfie Kohn
- The Calculus of Consent, Gordon Tullock; James Buchanan
- Governance Reimagined: Organizational Design, Risk, and Value Creation, David R. Koenig
- Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness, Frederic Laloux
- The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation, M. Ridley
- Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity, John Holland
- Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order, F. A. Hayek
- The Strategy of Conflict, Thomas Schelling
About IEEE P2145 Working Group on Blcockahin/DLT Governance
Blockchain / DLT Governance is a complex topic. The topic is made more difficult by a lack of a shared language. The IEEE P2145 Working Group exists to identify and share a common vocabulary for discussing the governance of shared ledgers, and to eventually draft standards for DLT governance activities (a Process Model), and possibly for defining the maturity of a governance regime (a Maturity Model).
P2145 actively seeks participation from individuals plus other standards organizations, blockchain ecosystems, consortia, and other entities in pursuit of our holistic and collaborative approach to standards development. If you represent an organization with an interest in DLT governance standards, please connect with us through our website..
About the IEEE Standards Association
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