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On the Condition of Rightness of Democratic Choices in a Conventional-Spontaneous Order

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  • Josselin, J-M.
  • Marciano, A.

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Our purpose is to investigate the normative content of democratic choices,in a spontaneous society. Conditions of rightness are obtained. They shap e a s stem of natural law as a local public good. The corresponding socialorganization is that of nearness societies, in the geographical space as well as in the space of preferences. Humean sympathy ensures homogeneous preferences; it prevents free-riding and rent-seeking as well. In this context, evolution bridges the gap between the 'is' and the 'ought'. However, attemps to enlarge the scope of such societies would require a formal contractarian order. The latter would have to define what rightness a prior means.

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  • Josselin, J-M. & Marciano, A., 1997. "On the Condition of Rightness of Democratic Choices in a Conventional-Spontaneous Order," G.R.E.Q.A.M. 97c01, Universite Aix-Marseille III.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:aixmeq:97c01
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    DEMOCRACY; GROUPS;

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    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government

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