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Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond




Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond

Martin O'Neill (Editor), Thad Williamson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33410-4 March 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 336 Pages



Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond features a collection of original essays that represent the first extended treatment of political philosopher John Rawls' idea of a property-owning democracy.
  • Offers new and essential insights into Rawls's idea of "property-owning democracy"
  • Addresses the proposed political and economic institutions and policies which Rawls's theory would require
  • Considers radical alternatives to existing forms of capitalism
  • Provides a major contribution to debates among progressive policymakers and activists about the programmatic direction progressive politics should take in the near future
Preface by Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers
Introduction by Martin O'Neill and Thad Williamson

Part One: Property-Owning Democracy: Theoretical Foundations
Chapter 1: Justice or Legitimacy, Barricades or Public Reason? The Politics of Property-Owning Democracy Simone Chambers
Chapter 2: Property-Owning Democracy: A Short History Ben Jackson
Chapter 3:  Public Justification and the Right to Private Property: Welfare Rights as Compensation for Exclusion Corey Brettschneider
Chapter 4:  Free (and Fair) Markets without Capitalism: Political Values, Principles of Justice and Property-Owning Democracy Martin O'Neill
Chapter 5:  Property-Owning Democracy, Liberal Republicanism and the Idea of an Egalitarian Ethos Alan Thomas
Chapter 6: Property-Owning Democracy and Republican Citizenship Stuart White

Part Two: Interrogating Property-Owning Democracy: Work, Gender, Political Economy
Chapter 7: Work, Ownership, and Productive Enfranchisement Nien-hê Hsieh
Chapter 8: Care, Gender and Property-Owning Democracy Ingrid Robeyns
Chapter 9: Nurturing the Sense of Justice: The Rawlsian Argument for Democratic Corporatism Waheed Hussain
Chapter 10: Property-Owning Democracy or Economic Democracy? David Schweickart 

Part Three: Towards a Practical Politics of Property-Owning Democracy: Program and Politics
Chapter 11: Realizing Property-Owning Democracy: A Twenty Year Strategy to Create an Egalitarian Distribution of Assets in the United States Thad Williamson
Chapter 12: The Empirical and Policy Linkage between Primary Goods, Human Capital, and Financial Capital: What Every Political Theorist Needs to Know Sonia Sodha
Chapter 13: The Pluralist Commonwealth and Property-Owning Democracy Gar Alperovitz
Chapter 14: Is Property-Owning Democracy a Politically Viable Aspiration? Thad Williamson

"In this very instructive, wide-ranging, and most welcome volume, Martin O'Neill and Thad Williamson have assembled fourteen thoughtful essays and a substantial introduction which together explore its meaning and history, and the prospects of its implementation. The book has a great deal to interest political philosophers and theorists, political scientists, political economists, and reflective political activists on the left."  (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 8 July 2013)