Democracy, Freedom and Coercion: A Law and Economics Approach

Alain Marciano, Jean-Michel Josselin
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007 M01 1 - 296 páginas
Democracy, Freedom and Coercion is a welcome addition to the public choice literature. It steps outside of the often used contractarian perspective and recognizes that all governments are ultimately based on coercion. . . the volume s chapters make import

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in search of the homo sapiens
2 Freedom of choice power and the responsibility of decision makers
3 Hayek and economic policy the Austrian road to the Third Way
PART 2 Is legitimate coercion really legitimate?
a challenge An institutionalist framework
a study of the Gastil Index
6 Violence and its impact on democracy in Colombia
PART 3 Democratic safeguards against illegitimate coercion
a theory of subsidiarity and the nation state
8 Leviathan or Geryon? Power abuse in democratic societies
theoretical thoughts and evidence on labor market regulation
institutional reform and the limits of conditionality
Hobbes and the political economy of power
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Página 12 - How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.
Página 4 - And, as to the faculties of the mind, setting aside the arts grounded upon words and especially that skill of proceeding upon general and infallible rules called science, which very few have and but in few things...
Página 18 - Commonwealth ; which, to define it, is one person, of whose acts a great multitude, by mutual covenants one with another, have made themselves every one the author, to the end he may use the strength and means of them all, as he shall think expedient, for their peace and common defence.
Página 19 - Though our brother is upon the rack, as long as we ourselves are at our ease our senses will never inform us of what he suffers. They never did, and never can, carry us beyond our own person, and it is by the imagination only that we can form any conception of what are his sensations.
Página 5 - I authorize and give up my right of governing myself, to this man, or to this assembly of men, on this condition, that thou give up thy right to him, and authorize all his actions in like manner.
Página 18 - A LAW OF NATURE, lex naturalis, is a precept or general rule, found out by reason, by which a man is forbidden to do that which is destructive of his life...
Página 4 - For such is the nature of men that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned, yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves; for they see their own wit at hand, and other men's at a distance.
Página 156 - In areas which do not fall within its exclusive competence, the Community shall take action, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, only if and in so far as the objectives of the proposed action cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore, by reason of the scale and effects of the proposed action, be better achieved by the Community.
Página 19 - By the imagination we place ourselves in his situation, we conceive ourselves enduring all the same torments, we enter as it were into his body, and become in some measure the same person with him, and thence form some idea of his sensations, and even feel something which, though weaker in degree, is not altogether unlike them.
Página 189 - A nondecision, as we define it, is a decision that results in suppression or thwarting of a latent or manifest challenge to the values or interests of the decision-maker. To be more nearly explicit, nondecision-making is a means by which demands for change in the existing allocation of benefits and privileges in the community can be suffocated before they are even voiced; or kept covert; or killed before they gain access to the relevant decision-making arena...

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