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Optimal Redistribution in the Distributive Liberal Social Contract

In: Social Ethics and Normative Economics


  • Jean Mercier Ythier

    (Université Panthéon-Assas, ERMES, and IDEP)


The liberal social contract introduced in Kolm (1985, 1987a,b) and further developed in Kolm (1996, Chap. 5) and Kolm (2004, Chap. 3) is a normative construct corresponding to the unanimous agreement of individuals derived from the sole consideration of their preferences and rights, while abstracting from all conceivable impediments to the achievement of this agreement or implementation of its contents. These impediments are, notably, informational and other obstacles to the elaboration of the clauses of the social contract, and difficulties with their enforcement.

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  • Jean Mercier Ythier, 2011. "Optimal Redistribution in the Distributive Liberal Social Contract," Studies in Choice and Welfare, in: Marc Fleurbaey & Maurice Salles & John A. Weymark (ed.), Social Ethics and Normative Economics, pages 303-325, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:stcchp:978-3-642-17807-8_13
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17807-8_13

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