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Classical Liberalism in the Age of Post Communism

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Classical Liberalism in the Age of Post Communism

9781858982564 Edward Elgar Publishing
The late Norman Barry, formerly Professor of Social and Political Theory, University of Buckingham, UK
Publication Date: 1996 ISBN: 978 1 85898 256 4 Extent: 96 pp
Classical Liberalism in the Age of Post–Communism reconstructs the theory of classical liberalism as a unified doctrine that encompasses political economy, jurisprudence and social philosophy.

Norman Barry’s essay provides explanations of the market economy, entrepreneurship, property rights theory and constitutionalism from a classical liberal perspective. The main elements of this doctrine are defended by Professor Barry against the criticisms of egalitarians, communitarians and the new reconstructed socialists. Despite some intellectual and practical successes the classical liberal doctrine has failed to capture the imagination of the establishment in the social sciences or the support of the electorate at large. Professor Barry shows how classical liberal public choice theory can counteract the apparent decline of the doctrine and enable us to explore the meanings of liberty, social justice and law in the context of contemporary social theory.

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Classical Liberalism in the Age of Post–Communism reconstructs the theory of classical liberalism as a unified doctrine that encompasses political economy, jurisprudence and social philosophy.

Norman Barry’s essay provides explanations of the market economy, entrepreneurship, property rights theory and constitutionalism from a classical liberal perspective. The main elements of this doctrine are defended by Professor Barry against the criticisms of egalitarians, communitarians and the new reconstructed socialists. Despite some intellectual and practical successes the classical liberal doctrine has failed to capture the imagination of the establishment in the social sciences or the support of the electorate at large. Professor Barry shows how classical liberal public choice theory can counteract the apparent decline of the doctrine and enable us to explore the meanings of liberty, social justice and law in the context of contemporary social theory.
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Ideology 3. The Realism of Classical Liberalism 4. Spontaneous Order Theory and the Market 5. Market Orders 6. The German Market Economy, Ordo Liberalism and Classical Liberalism 7. Law and Constitutionalism 8. Constitutionalism and Sovereignty 9. Liberty and Democracy 10. Liberty 11. Contractarian Liberty 12. Justice 13. Classical Liberalism and Civil Society

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