Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ethics, Economics, and PoliticsPrinciples of Public Policy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

I. M. D. Little

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199257043.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 16 October 2019

The Role of the State

The Role of the State

Chapter:
(p.27) 4 The Role of the State
Source:
Ethics, Economics, and Politics
Author(s):

Ian Malcolm David Little

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257043.003.0004

Public policy requires the state to make distributional judgements, but there are moral constraints on its authority. Individuals’ rights as well as state rights have evolved through social interaction. General human rights are the corollary of wrongs, things that neither the state nor any person may do to them. The acquisition of property rights is discussed. It is concluded paradoxically that although the state has a general obligation to protect property, it also has a right to take it away from some to give to others.

Keywords:   distribution, property, restitution, rights, social contract, the state, wrongs

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .