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« Be quiet », mais modérément : le rôle de l'État dans la pensée économique de Jeremy Bentham

  • Nathalie Sigot

Cet article a pour objet de montrer que la tradition associant l'utilitarisme de Bentham au libéralisme économique conduit à négliger la singularité d'une approche dans laquelle la sphère économique ne peut être pensée comme autonome par rapport à la législation. L'accent est placé sur les problèmes d'information qui, s'ils justifient la non-ingérence de la puissance publique au regard des objectifs propres à l'économie - la " subsistance " et l'"abondance " -, conduisent également à des conclusions interventionnistes, chaque fois qu'une insuffisance d'information introduit une incertitude, mettant en danger le " bien de sûreté " et, plus généralement, les objectifs spécifiques de la "législation ".

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Article provided by Presses de Sciences-Po in its journal Revue économique.

Volume (Year): n° 44 (1993)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 23-50

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Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_p1993_44n1_0023
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  1. Christian Schmidt, 1988. "Programme de recherche benthamien et économie politique britannique. Deux rendez-vous manqués," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 39(4), pages 809-840.
  2. Frank Petrella, 1977. "Benthamism and the demise of Classical economic Ordnungspolitik," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 9(2), pages 215-236, Summer.
  3. Enzo PESCIARELLI, 1988. "Smith, Bentham and the Development of Contrasting Ideas on Entrepreneurship," Working Papers 11, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
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