The Good Society: A Retrospective

The Good Society: A Retrospective steph en l. elki n Friedrich Hayek wrote someplace that he once had the reference for a footnote but could no longer remember it. This is pretty much the situation I find myself in trying to reconstruct the origins of The Good Society as part of my farewell if not to arms to pens. Perhaps it is just as well since, while it is possible that one or two readers of the journal will want the sordid details, the rest will doubtless wish to read something more edifying. There are, however, some things that I can remember that may possibly fill the bill. I think the first thing to note is that the journal was conceived of as a part of a broader undertaking, The Political Economy of the Good Society (PEGS). This was an effort to bring together theorists, activists and practitioners in the service of developing institutional forms and civic practices from which a good society could be built. The organization sponsored a number of conferences, published some books and otherwise engaged in the kinds of activities that those in the world-improving business are inclined to undertake. PEGS continued its activities for many years, into the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

The Good Society: A Retrospective

The Good Society, Volume 22 (2) – Dec 13, 2013

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steph en l. elki n Friedrich Hayek wrote someplace that he once had the reference for a footnote but could no longer remember it. This is pretty much the situation I find myself in trying to reconstruct the origins of The Good Society as part of my farewell if not to arms to pens. Perhaps it is just as well since, while it is possible that one or two readers of the journal will want the sordid details, the rest will doubtless wish to read something more edifying. There are, however, some things that I can remember that may possibly fill the bill. I think the first thing to note is that the journal was conceived of as a part of a broader undertaking, The Political Economy of the Good Society (PEGS). This was an effort to bring together theorists, activists and practitioners in the service of developing institutional forms and civic practices from which a good society could be built. The organization sponsored a number of conferences, published some books and otherwise engaged in the kinds of activities that those in the world-improving business are inclined to undertake. PEGS continued its activities for many years, into the

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