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Reviving and revising economic liberalism: an examination in relation to private decisions and public policy

Oliver, Adam (2020) Reviving and revising economic liberalism: an examination in relation to private decisions and public policy. Journal of European Public Policy. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501763.2020.1718183

Abstract

The principal objective of the liberal economic tradition is to encourage mutually advantageous actions between individuals, and the best means by which to do this, according to those who follow this tradition, is a demand-led competitive market. This article summaries the propositions of the liberal economic tradition and concludes that while its components ought to be tolerated over private decision-making in order to protect individual autonomy, the demand-led competitive market provides incentives for egoistic actions that may harm groups, and by extension, the individuals within those groups. As such, it is argued that it is not sensible to introduce or maintain a demand-led competitive market in public sector services because it may undermine the pursuit of broadly agreed-upon collective goals in these sectors. The article finishes with a discussion of some alternative public sector policy mechanisms that may better serve the aim of crowding in cooperative actions and behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjpp20/current
Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 09:48
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 08:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103060

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