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The primacy of public goods

Abstract : This dissertation takes up the concept of public goods as a hermeneutical thread with which to explore the theory and history of political economy. Situated at the intersection between political philosophy and the history of modern economic thought, this dissertation examines the following main research question: what is the role and potential of public goods to foster rather than disable individual and collective agency in politics and social life? In response to this question, the dissertation articulates the primacy of public goods in two senses: first, since plural public goods constitute the indispensable infrastructure of social life and human relationships, they have primacy over both private and common modes of providing and enjoying goods. Second, since they rely on governmental coordination and compulsion in inescapable and ineluctable relationships of political authority, public goods also have primacy over the common good in its monist conception.
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Maurits de Jongh. The primacy of public goods. Political science. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, 2019. English. ⟨NNT : 2019IEPP0007⟩. ⟨tel-03658105⟩



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