The Objects of Social Contracts

Partha Dasgupta

in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

Published in print June 1995 | ISBN: 9780198288350
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596094 | DOI:
 The Objects of Social Contracts

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Social contracts theories are discussed in ten sections: (1) rules versus discretion; (2) outcome‐versus resource‐based evaluative principles; (3) political competition and civil liberties; (4) motivation and choice; (5) social systems: a formulation; (6) contractual and optimization theories (of social justice); (7) ex ante equilibria and ex ante contracts; (8) measures of freedom; (9) social well‐being functions; and (10) efficiency, equality, and the problem of implementation.

Keywords: choice; civil liberties; discretion; motivation; political competition; rules; social contracts; social contracts theories; social justice; social systems

Chapter.  13162 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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