The Forms of Intervention

Jethro K. Lieberman

in Liberalism Undressed

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199919840
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980376 | DOI:
The Forms of Intervention

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This chapter examines eight modes and three types of government intervention in people’s lives and considers several principles limiting the state’s power to intervene, including limitations of proportionality, retroactivity, least intrusion, equality, and procedural fairness. The chapter also considers the allowable breadth of intervention to deter risk and the relative merits of litigation and regulation in the field of occupational licensing.

Keywords: accumulative harms; aggregative harms; equality; government intervention; same-sex marriage; least intrusion; legal goods; litigation; Milton Friedman; occupational licensing; procedural fairness; regulation; scientific proof; slavery

Chapter.  9399 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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