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INTERVENTION ET LAISSER-FAIRE CHEZ TURGOT (Le rôle de l'État selon le droit naturel)


  • Francisco VERGARA


Historians of ideas have frequently misunderstood the founders of classical liberalism. They often write that authors like Adam Smith or Turgot are inconsistent in their adherence to a supposed “principle of non-intervention” by Government, since they propose many types of public intervention in the economy. The truth is that none of the great economists who founded classical liberalism have ever professed such an absurd principle as that of “non-intervention”. They have, however, vigorously defended other principles, such as the “protection of natural rights” and the “promotion of general happiness”, two principles which clearly require that the Government intervene in some cases and abstain in others

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  • Francisco VERGARA, 2008. "INTERVENTION ET LAISSER-FAIRE CHEZ TURGOT (Le rôle de l'État selon le droit naturel)," Cahiers d’économie politique / Papers in Political Economy, L'Harmattan, issue 54, pages 149-169, Jan - Jun.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpo:journl:y:2008:i:54:p:149-169

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    • B0 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General
    • B1 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925
    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies


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