Corporate Capture of Blockchain Governance

Corporate Capture of Blockchain Governance

Daniel Ferreira, Jin Li, Radoslawa Nikolowa

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February 04 2019

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March 27 2020
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  • governance • 
  • blockchain • 
  • Industrial Ecosystem • 
  • Proof-of-Work

We develop a theory of blockchain governance. In our model, the proof of work system, which is the most common set of rules for validating transactions in blockchains, creates an industrial ecosystem with specialized suppliers of goods and services. We analyze the interactions between blockchain governance and the market structure of the industries in the blockchain ecosystem.

Our main result is that the proof-of-work system leads to a situation where a large firm captures the governance of the blockchain.


Real name:
Jin Li
Real name:
Radoslawa Nikolowa