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

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[fre] « Be Quiet », mais modérément : Le rôle de l'État dans la pensée économique de Jeremy Bentham. . 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 ». [eng] « Be quiet », but keep cool : the role of the state in jeremy bentham's economic thought.. . This paper aims at showing that the tradition which uses to connect Bentham's utilitarianism with economie liberalism neglects the peculiarity of an approach for which economics is by no way autonomous to legislation. In this respect, we must underline the importance of information problems. Although they justify the non-intervention of the State, as long as we only consider the economie ends - « subsistence » and « abondance » -, they also lead to interventionist conclusions, each time a lack of information brings an uncertainty, threatening the end of « safety » and, more generally, the specifie ends of the « legislation ».

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  • Nathalie Sigot, 1993. "« Be quiet », mais modérément : le rôle de l'État dans la pensée économique de Jeremy Bentham," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 44(1), pages 23-50.
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    1. Andr Lapidus & Nathalie Sigot, 2000. "Individual utility in a context of asymmetric sensitivity to pleasure and pain: an interpretation of Bentham's felicific calculus," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 45-78.
    2. Nathalie Sigot, 1998. "Les principes d'un système monétaire sain de Bentham," Cahiers d'Économie Politique, Programme National Persée, vol. 32(1), pages 117-140.
    3. Antoinette Baujard, 2010. "Collective interest vs. individual interest in Bentham's Felicific Calculus. Questioning welfarism and fairness," Post-Print halshs-00528587, HAL.
    4. A. Baujard, 2006. "From moral welfarism to technical non-welfarism : A step back to Bentham’s felicific calculus of its members," Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) 200606, Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS.

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