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The (De-)Regulation of Markets

A Political Philosophy Perspective

In recent decades governments have privatized many public services and have increasingly chosen to focus on regulating private markets instead of providing goods and services themselves. Some speak of the emergence of the "Regulatory State". Others claim that the state has deregulated and increasingly withdraws from economic life, leaving us with a "Neoliberal "State".

Regulation and deregulation are at the core of understanding the modern role of the state in the economy. In this lecture, Dr Claassen will discuss the approaches to regulating markets that we find in standard legal and economic literature. The aim is to assess the normative grounds or justifications for regulation that can be found in these texts and connect these to the on-going philosophical debate on the role of the state, between left- and right-wing liberals and libertarians. What (if anything) can political philosophy contribute to the debate on market regulation?

Rutger Claassen is assistant professor of political philosophy at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University. He holds a PhD from Utrecht University for his dissertation on the "moral limits of the market" (2008). Since then, he has been publishing articles on the capability approach, liberalism and autonomy, distributive justice, and the role of markets. He recently published Het huis van de vrijheid (Ambo, 2011), which offers a political philosophical analysis of a wide range of controversal topics in Dutch politics. Currently he is working on his VENI-project, entitled "The Political Theory of Market Regulation".

Laatst gewijzigd:29 oktober 2013 17:49