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"Be Quiet" mais modérement : le rôle de l'Etat dans la pensée économique de Jeremy Bentham

  • Nathalie Sigot


    (PHARE - Pôle d'Histoire de l'Analyse et des Représentations Economiques - CNRS - UP10 - Université Paris 10, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)

This paper aims at showing that the tradition which uses to connect Bentham's utilitarianism with economic 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 economic 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 specific ends of the " legislation ".

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Date of creation: 1993
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Publication status: Published in Revue Economique, Presses de Sciences Po, 1993, 44 (1), pp.23-50. <10.2307/3502379>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00578352
DOI: 10.2307/3502379
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  1. Christian Schmidt, 1988. "Programme de recherche benthamien et économie politique britannique. Deux rendez-vous manqués," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 39(4), pages 809-840.
  2. Frank Petrella, 1977. "Benthamism and the demise of Classical economic Ordnungspolitik," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 9(2), pages 215-236, Summer.
  3. Enzo PESCIARELLI, 1988. "Smith, Bentham and the Development of Contrasting Ideas on Entrepreneurship," Working Papers 11, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
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