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An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution$
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Partha Dasgupta

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288350

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198288352.001.0001

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The Objects of Social Contracts

The Objects of Social Contracts

(p.50) 3 The Objects of Social Contracts
An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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Social contracts theories are discussed in ten sections: (1) rules versus discretion; (2) outcome‐versus resource‐based evaluative principles; (3) political competition and civil liberties; (4) motivation and choice; (5) social systems: a formulation; (6) contractual and optimization theories (of social justice); (7) ex ante equilibria and ex ante contracts; (8) measures of freedom; (9) social well‐being functions; and (10) efficiency, equality, and the problem of implementation.

Keywords:   choice, civil liberties, discretion, motivation, political competition, rules, social contracts, social contracts theories, social justice, social systems

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