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dc.contributor.authorSaint-Paul, Gillesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-16en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-07T16:53:39Z-
dc.date.available2012-12-07T16:53:39Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/67222-
dc.description.abstractUtilitarian foundations for limited government are shaky insofar as they assume rational and consistent individuals. Recently economists' assumption of rational actors has come under sustained attack. Behavioural economics has suggested that people are plagued by irrational biases and inconsistencies. The author elucidates how these developments have led to a post-utilitarianism which is held to justify paternalistic interventions by the state via 'sin taxes', direct bans or new obligations. Individual responsibility is seriously undermined, as is faith in markets. He concludes that supporters of individual freedom need to move away from utilitarian reasoning, reassert core values of autonomy and responsibility, and define strict limits on the scope of government intervention.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6911en_US
dc.subject.jelB40en_US
dc.subject.jelD03en_US
dc.subject.jelD10en_US
dc.subject.jelH10en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordbehavioural economicsen_US
dc.subject.keywordutilitarianismen_US
dc.subject.keywordgovernmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordpaternalismen_US
dc.subject.stwStaatliche Einflussnahmeen_US
dc.subject.stwUtilitarismusen_US
dc.subject.stwVerhaltensökonomiken_US
dc.subject.stwFreiheiten_US
dc.titleLiberty and the post-utilitarian societyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn727555057en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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