Introduction

Introduction a l a n t h o m as a n d t ha d w i llia m s on The papers in this symposium derive from a June 2011 workshop held at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (apart from Richard Dagger's paper, specially commissioned for this issue). The workshop focused on the idea of a property-owning democracy, both as a free standing ideal and on the role that it played in the work of the political philosopher John Rawls. Suppose that one were to adopt a working definition of a capitalist society as one in which a restricted group of social actors control access to capital and the means of production, while other citizens are employed and receive only income from labour. One way in which one might develop a non-capitalist alternative to such a society would be to ensure access to capital to all citizens. That this would represent an attractive and feasible way to realize the goals of egalitarianism was first suggested by Nobel prize winning Cambridge economist James Meade. Meade's "Agathopian" papers ("A Good Place to Live In") collected together under the title of Liberty, Equality and Efficiency, envision a new development of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Introduction

The Good Society, Volume 21 (1) – Jul 25, 2012

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a l a n t h o m as a n d t ha d w i llia m s on The papers in this symposium derive from a June 2011 workshop held at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (apart from Richard Dagger's paper, specially commissioned for this issue). The workshop focused on the idea of a property-owning democracy, both as a free standing ideal and on the role that it played in the work of the political philosopher John Rawls. Suppose that one were to adopt a working definition of a capitalist society as one in which a restricted group of social actors control access to capital and the means of production, while other citizens are employed and receive only income from labour. One way in which one might develop a non-capitalist alternative to such a society would be to ensure access to capital to all citizens. That this would represent an attractive and feasible way to realize the goals of egalitarianism was first suggested by Nobel prize winning Cambridge economist James Meade. Meade's "Agathopian" papers ("A Good Place to Live In") collected together under the title of Liberty, Equality and Efficiency, envision a new development of

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