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The ethics and the economics of minimalist government

Author: Timothy P Roth
Publisher: Cheltenham ; Northampton, MA : E. Elgar, ©2002.
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This text aims to show that social welfare theory, as defended by welfare economists and policymakers, is based on a confused and untenable moral theory, is incompatible with a rights-based legal order and is bound to promote unjust and arbitary redistributions. By advocating a return to the Kantian conception of the moral agent, it aims to show the way to a normative economics that harmonizes with both intuitive  Read more...
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Roth, Timothy P.
Ethics and the economics of minimalist government.
Cheltenham ; Northampton, MA : E. Elgar, ©2002
(DLC) 2002023260
(OCoLC)49226164
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy P Roth
ISBN: 1843765594 9781843765592 128321640X 9781283216401
OCLC Number: 52343729
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 134 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Cover; Copyright; Contents; Preface; 1. A prior ethical commitment; 2. Ends vs. means: consequentialsim vs. contractarianism; 3. The consequentialist approach to government; 4. Enter the economists; 5. The efficiency standard, corruption and the growth of government; 6. The indeterminancy of social welfare theory; 7. The contractarian approach to government; 8. The rules of the political game; 9. Playing by the generality rule; 10. Generality and minimalist government; References; Index.
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Because it is technically flawed and morally bankrupt, the author argues, the economist's consequence-based, procedurally detached theory of the state has contributed to the growth of government.  Read more...

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