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Utilitarianism as a Public Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

Utilitarianism as a Public Philosophy

Goodin defends utilitarianism and shows how it can serve as an excellent guide to public policy makers.

On Settling
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 114

On Settling

  • Categories: Law

In a culture that worships ceaseless striving, "settling" seems like giving up. But is it? On Settling defends the positive value of settling, explaining why this disdained practice is not only more realistic but more useful than an excessive ideal of striving. In fact, the book makes the case that we'd all be lost without settling--and that even to strive, one must first settle. We may admire strivers and love the ideal of striving, but who of us could get through a day without settling? Real people, confronted with a complex problem, simply make do, settling for some resolution that, while almost certainly not the best that one could find by devoting limitless time and attention to the pro...

Political Theory and Public Policy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

Political Theory and Public Policy

Some say that public policy can be made without the benefit of theory—that it emerges, instead, through trial-and-error. Others see genuine philosophical issues in public affairs but try to resolve them through fanciful examples. Both, argues Robert E. Goodin, are wrong. Goodin—a political scientist who is also an associate editor of Ethics—shows that empirical and ethical theory can and should guide policy. To be useful, however, these philosophical discussions of public affairs must draw upon actual policy experiences rather than contrived cases. Further, they must reflect the broader social consequences of policies rather than just the dilemmas of personal conscience. Effectively in...

What's Wrong With Terrorism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 246

What's Wrong With Terrorism

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006-04-05
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  • Publisher: Polity

Terrorists perform terrible acts. They maim, mutilate and kill in pursuit of their goals. The horrifying events of 9/11 and the regular suicide bombings around the world have made terrorism one of the central preoccupations of the twenty-first century. But what is the distinctive wrong of terrorism? Criminal acts such as murder and hijacking are already on the moral statute books, so why is it that we regard terrorists as different from and morally worse than ordinary killers and kidnappers? Some see terrorism is an ideology, others claim it is a deep-seated social or psychological failing, others that it is a form of fighting unfairly judged by just-war standards. In this provocative new bo...

Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 222

Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility

Schmidtz and Goodin debate the ethical merits of individual versus collective responsibility for welfare.

The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 358

The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

This book traces how individuals have fared over ten years in each of the three principal types of welfare state. The authors argue that the social democratic welfare regime of the Netherlands outperforms the corporatist German regime and the liberal US regime on a range of measures.

The Theory of Institutional Design
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

The Theory of Institutional Design

This volume illustrates and synthesizes new theories of institutional design recently developed by scholars across a range of disciplines.

Discretionary Time
  • Language: en

Discretionary Time

A healthy work-life balance has become increasingly important to people trying to cope with the pressures of contemporary society. This trend highlights the fallacy of assessing well-being in terms of finance alone; how much time we have matters just as much as how much money. The authors of this book have developed a novel way to measure 'discretionary time': time which is free to spend as one pleases. Exploring data from the US, Australia, Germany, France, Sweden and Finland, they show that temporal autonomy varies substantially across different countries and under different living conditions. By calibrating how much control people have over their time, and how much they could have under alternative welfare, gender or household arrangements, this book offers a new perspective for comparative cross-national enquiries into the temporal aspects of human welfare.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 816

The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science is a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. Each volume focuses on a particular part of the discipline, with volumes on Public Policy, Political Theory, Political Economy, Contextual Political Analysis, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Law and Politics, Political Behavior, Political Institutions, and Political Methodology. The project as a whole is under the General Editorship of Robert E. Goodin, with each volume being edited by a distinguished international group of specialists in their respective fields. The books set out not just to report on the di...

Explaining Norms
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 290

Explaining Norms

Norms are a pervasive yet mysterious feature of social life. In Explaining Norms, four philosophers and social scientists team up to grapple with some of the many mysteries, offering a comprehensive account of norms: what they are; how and why they emerge, persist and change; and how they work. Norms, they argue, should be understood in non-reductive terms as clusters of normative attitudes that serve the function of making us accountable to one another—with the different kinds of norms (legal, moral, and social norms) differing in virtue of being constituted by different kinds of normative attitudes that serve to make us accountable in different ways. Explanations of and by norms should b...