Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/30782
Authors: 
Weikard, Hans-Peter
Year of Publication: 
1997
Series/Report no.: 
Finanzwissenschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 15
Abstract: 
In modern political philosophy social contract theory is the most prominent approach to individual rights and fair institutions. According to social contract theory the system of rights in a society ought to be justified by reconstructing its basic features as a contract between the mutually unconcerned members of society. This paper explores whether social contract theory can successfully be applied to justify rights of future generations. Three competing views are analysed: Rawls's theory of justice, Hobbes's radical liberalism and Gauthier's bargaining framework based on the Lockean proviso.
JEL: 
D90
D63
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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