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Moral Public Choice


  • Kolm, Serge-Christophe


Public choice should now integrate systematically considerations of ethics and justice for two kinds of reasons. First, moral principles can be implemented by self-centered individuals who, however, care for others' judgments, and these others can thus have these principles implemented at no cost to themselves. Furthermore, direct moral motivations may be less negligible than it was assumed and at any rate it may be time to focus on them. Second, the theory of justice has reached an integrated, rational maturity which makes it suitable for this purpose (whereas the 'social choice' approach is plagued by serious problems of meaning). Copyright 1996 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Kolm, Serge-Christophe, 1996. "Moral Public Choice," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 87(1-2), pages 117-141, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:87:y:1996:i:1-2:p:117-41

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