Imposing Values: Liberalism and Regulation

Paperback | May 19, 2011

byN. Scott Arnold

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A major question for liberal politics and liberal political theory concerns the proper scope of government. Liberalism has always favored limited government, but there has been wide-ranging dispute among liberals about just how extensive the scope of government should be. Included in thisdispute are questions about the extent of state ownership of the means of production, redistribution of wealth and income through the tax code and transfer programs, and the extent of government regulation. One of N. Scott Arnold's goals is to give an accurate characterization of both modern liberalism and classical liberalism, explaining along the way why libertarianism is not the only form that classical liberalism can take. The main focus of Arnold's book, however, concerns regulation -specifically, the modern liberal regulatory agenda as it has taken shape in contemporary American society. This is the set of regulatory regimes favored by all modern liberals and opposed by all classical liberals. It includes contemporary employment law in all its manifestations, health and safetyregulation, and land use regulation. The heart of the book consists of a systematic evaluation of arguments for and against all the items on this agenda. It turns out that there are good arguments on both sides for most of these regulatory regimes. Because of this, and because someone's vision of the proper scope of government willultimately prevail, some procedural requirements that all liberals could agree to must be satisfied for one side to impose legitimately its values on the polity at large. These procedural requirements are identified, argued for, and then applied to the elements of the modern liberal regulatoryagenda. Arnold argues that many, though not all, of these elements have been illegitimately imposed on American society.

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A major question for liberal politics and liberal political theory concerns the proper scope of government. Liberalism has always favored limited government, but there has been wide-ranging dispute among liberals about just how extensive the scope of government should be. Included in thisdispute are questions about the extent of state ...

N. Scott Arnold is Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and author of The Philosophy and Economics of Market Socialism.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Rights, Externalities, and Public Goods2. Private and Public Property3. The Nature of Private Property Rights4. The Modern Liberal Regulatory Agenda5. Common Ground Arguments6. Regulatory Public Goods7. Conversion Arguments: Employment Law8. Conversion Arguments: Anti-Discrimination Law9. Conversion Arguments: Health and Safety Regulation10. Conversion Arguments: Land Use Regulation11. Imposing Values12. Applications