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Contractarianism as Liberal Conservatism: Buchanan's Unfinished Philosophical Agenda

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This paper distinguishes several types of contractarianism. It argues that Buchanan type contractarianism may be classified as a specific "formal type" of conservatism that grants normative status to the status quo. How such conservative contractarianism relates to and possibly blends into classical liberalism is sketched and it is suggested that classical liberal ideals along with a specific form of conservatism rather than the idea of a contract per se should be seen as the core of Buchanan type contractarianism.

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  • Hartmut Kliemt, 2004. "Contractarianism as Liberal Conservatism: Buchanan's Unfinished Philosophical Agenda," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 171-185, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:copoec:v:15:y:2004:i:2:p:171-185
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    1. C. M. Melenovsky, 2019. "The Status Quo in Buchanan’s Constitutional Contractarianism," Homo Oeconomicus: Journal of Behavioral and Institutional Economics, Springer, vol. 36(1), pages 87-109, October.
    2. Ulrich Witt & Christian Schubert, 2008. "Constitutional interests in the face of innovations: how much do we need to know about risk preferences?," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 19(3), pages 203-225, September.
    3. Niclas Berggren, 2016. "Does belief in objective morality lead to coercion? An analysis of the arguments of Kelsen and Buchanan," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer;Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, vol. 29(3), pages 315-326, September.
    4. Michael C. Munger, 2018. "30 years after the nobel: James Buchanan’s political philosophy," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer;Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, vol. 31(2), pages 151-167, June.

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