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Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

Colin M. Macleod

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293972
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293976.001.0001
Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

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This book presents a systemic and definitive critique of Ronald Dworkin's highly influential theory of liberal equality. Focusing on the connection Dworkin attempts to establish between economic markets and liberal equality, the book examines Dworkin's contention that markets have an indispensable role to play in the articulation of liberal ideals of distributive justice, individual liberty, and state neutrality. The book also examines the issues concerning individual responsibility and entitlement as well as the nature of justice with respect to persons with disabilities. The author argues that Dworkin's attempt to establish deep affinities between the market and equality is unsuccessful and his proposed solutions to some central controversies in political theory are seriously flawed. This powerful examination of the work of America's leading public philosopher reveals some timely lessons about the hazards and limitations of the market as a device for the articulation and realization of egalitarian justice.

Keywords: disabilities; distributive justice; Ronald Dworkin; entitlement; equality of resources; individual responsibility; liberal equality; liberty; markets; neutrality

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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Initial Equality in Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

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Equality through Time in Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

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Disabilities in Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

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Unequal Talents in Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

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The Place of Liberty in Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

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Neutrality or Tolerance? in Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

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