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Democratic Justice and the Social Contract

Albert Weale


This book offers a theory of democratic justice. According to the theory, justice emerges from collective agreement among political associates who enjoy approximate equality of power. Such situations can be seen as social contracts, and we find an empirical model for social contracts in the examples of successful common property resource regimes. In these regimes, participants craft collective rules of access to the means of production on an equal basis and producers are entitled to the full fruits of their labour. To interpret theoretically this we need an account of practical rationality in ... More

Keywords: social contract theory, social justice, deliberative democracy, practical rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert Weale, author
Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, University College London