Classical liberalism has wrongly been regarded as an ideology that rejects the welfare state. In this book, Åsbjørn Melkevik corrects this common reading of the classical liberal tradition by introducing a theory of “rule egalitarianism”. Not only is classical liberalism compatible with social justice, but it can also help us understand why some egalitarian endeavours are an essential feature of a market society. If a necessary link exists between the classical liberal tradition and the moral and institutional dimensions of the rule of law, then this tradition is bound to uphold a substantial form of social justice. Coherence requires that classical liberals like Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman adopt an authentic egalitarian program. They should ameliorate poverty and limit inequality not merely out of prudence or collective self-interest, but for the natural justice of ongoing social cooperation as well as for the impartiality of market institutions.
Chapter 1. Four Concepts of Rules: A Theory of Rule Egalitarianism.- Chapter 2. Can I Have Four Strikes? On Pareto Superiority and Social Justice.- Chapter 3. No Malibu Surfer Left Behind: Three Tales About Coercion.- Chapter4. The Fictitious Liberal Divide: Economic Rights Are Not Basic.- Chapter 5. No Progressive Taxation Without Discrimination?.- Chapter 6. A Tax Dead on Arrival: Inheritance and Social Mobility.- Chapter 7. Toward a Model of Default Fairness: On Bargaining Power.- Chapter8. Starve All the Lawyers: Four Theories of the Just Price.- Chapter 9. The Rule Egalitarian Project.
Åsbjørn Melkevik is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center of Research in Ethics at the University of Montreal. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and an exchange fellow at Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. in political studies from Queen’s University and specializes in political theory and business ethics.
Collana: Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 432 gr
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