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Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism

If You’re a Classical Liberal, How Come You’re Also an Egalitarian?

A Theory of Rule Egalitarianism

Authors: Melkevik, Åsbjørn

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  • Reconciles the classical liberal tradition with social justice
  • Provides a radical restatement of classical liberalism after Friedrich Hayek
  • Shows how a commitment to the rule of law leads to egalitarianism
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Classical liberalism has wrongly been regarded as an ideology that rejects the welfare state. In this book, Åsbjørn Melkevik corrects this common reading of the classical liberal tradition by introducing a theory of “rule egalitarianism”. Not only is classical liberalism compatible with social justice, but it can also help us understand why some egalitarian endeavours are an essential feature of a market society. If a necessary link exists between the classical liberal tradition and the moral and institutional dimensions of the rule of law, then this tradition is bound to uphold a substantial form of social justice. Coherence requires that classical liberals like Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman adopt an authentic egalitarian program. They should ameliorate poverty and limit inequality not merely out of prudence or collective self-interest, but for the natural justice of ongoing social cooperation as well as for the impartiality of market institutions.

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Åsbjørn Melkevik is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center of Research in Ethics at the University of Montreal. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and an exchange fellow at Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. in political studies from Queen’s University and specializes in political theory and business ethics.


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
If You’re a Classical Liberal, How Come You’re Also an Egalitarian?
Book Subtitle
A Theory of Rule Egalitarianism
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-37908-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-37908-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-37907-0
Series ISSN
2662-6470
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 306
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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