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Why Private Property

Abstract : Why private property rather than any other system of entitlements? The question is not a new one, and much ink has been spilled since Grotius, Locke, or Rousseau developed their influential theories of modern property. However, the rise of the so-called “sharing economy”, the dematerialization of the economy or the ecological crisis, among others, point at the limits of the classical conception of private property as an absolute right, insulated from any interference of the State—which had already been seriously challenged by the continuing increase of economic inequalities. How should we then rethink the right to private property in light of recent economic and social developments? This special issue examines the extent to which a system of private property rights can be justified by various approaches, including contractualism, republicanism and left-libertarianism, from which it seeks to draw normative conclusions without unconditionally accepting or rejecting that system. These diverse and sometimes conflicting analyses should help rethink the legitimate place of private property in a just society.
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Maxime Lambrecht. Why Private Property. Raisons politiques, Presses de Sciences Po, pp.168, 2019. ⟨hal-03580177⟩

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