Taking Liberties: A Critical Examination of Libertarian Paternalism by R. RebonatoTaking Liberties: A Critical Examination of Libertarian Paternalism by R. Rebonato

Taking Liberties: A Critical Examination of Libertarian Paternalism

byR. Rebonato

Hardcover | June 26, 2012

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Libertarian Paternalists claim to have reconciled two radically different perspectives, offering a "Third Way" for contemporary democratic governments. In this book, Riccardo Rebonato offers a critical exploration of a philosophy which has taken the political landscape by storm, counting the US and UK administrations amongst its followers.Taking Liberties examines the justification behind the different tools that are being used to modify individual behavior, and it demonstrates that these approaches are not only insidious and deeply manipulative, but that they can have unintended consequences. More importantly, Rebonato poses the concerning question: in the event that the state's objectives do not coincide with the objectives of the individual, who monitors the state?

Riccardo Rebonato is a Visiting Lecturer in Mathematical Finance and Applied Mathematics at Oxford University and Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London. He is on the editorial board of many journals in finance, including the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance and Applied Mathematical Finance, as well as th...
Title:Taking Liberties: A Critical Examination of Libertarian PaternalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230391559

ISBN - 13:9780230391550

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Table of Contents

IntroductionWhat is Libertarian Paternalism?Libertarian Paternalism in PracticeExisting Lines of CriticismThe Libertarian Paternalistic RebuttalNew Lines of CriticismConclusions

Editorial Reviews

'Two objections to libertarian paternalism are commonly made. The first denies the more reckless claims its proponents make for the robustness of their supposed discoveries about human psychology. The second objects to their naive political philosophy. This elegant and learned book puts libertarian paternalism on the rack on the second count. Anybody tempted to join the current fad for libertarian paternalism should read this book first.' - Professor Kenneth Binmore, University College, London