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Democratic Justice and the Social Contract$
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Albert Weale

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684649

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684649.001.0001

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The great transformation

The great transformation

(p.128) (p.129) Chapter 5 The great transformation
Democratic Justice and the Social Contract

Albert Weale

Oxford University Press

We cannot directly infer from common property resource regimes the principles to govern great societies. Hayek has argued that there can be no social justice in great societies, but this view relies upon a mistaken theory of parliamentary legislation and a misunderstanding about the scope of social justice. In looking at the great transformation, we note that the political institutions of great societies rest upon an historical consolidation of authority that creates a fundamental pluralism of interests. The political institutions are representational democracies, Westminster systems or liberal constitutionalist. The most notable feature of the economy in the great society is the economies of scale associated with the division of labour. The household ceases to be the basic unit of production. Although there is a movement from community to association, the great society creates its own forms of interdependence

Keywords:   great society, Hayek, representational democracies, Westminster systems, liberal constitutionalism, division of labour, scale economies, households, interdependence

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