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Natural Justice$
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Ken Binmore

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178111.001.0001

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Planned Decentralization

Planned Decentralization

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(p.185) Chapter 12 Planned Decentralization
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Natural Justice
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Ken Binmore (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178111.003.0012

This chapter looks to the broad consequences of the theory of fairness advanced in this book to questions of social reform. The traditional spectrum of political attitudes that ranges from the utilitarian left to the libertarian right is rejected in favor of a more realistic opposition between the neofeudal societies in which we currently live, and the prospect of fairer and freer societies that could be created by a planned program of decentralization which is identified with the whiggery that inspired the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the Declaration of Independence of 1776. The contribution that game theory can make to such a program is briefly reviewed along with the deficiencies of the current theory.

Keywords:   whiggery, decentralization, planned economy, social mechanism, constitutional reform

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