Meade’s concept of a “property-owning democracy” (PropDem) proved influential in the development of Rawls’s arguments for his theory of justice, eventually coming to represent the definitive non-socialist form of the Rawlsian just society. Despite this role in a seminal work of moral and political philosophy scant detail is provided by either author regarding the institutional characteristics of a PropDem. More importantly, it appears to have gone unnoticed by Rawls and those who have cited Meade approvingly that he proposed the PropDem as a response to imagined future circumstances (extensive automation of production) rather than the situation in any extant society. These imaginary characteristics of the PropDem play a crucial role in underpinning Rawls’s agnosticism on the relationship between justice and property rights over the means of production; the circumstances facing actual societies may compel consideration of the property rights question as part of the determination of the principles of justice.
|Title of host publication||Essays in heterodox economics|
|Subtitle of host publication||proceedings, refereed papers|
|Editors||P. Kriesler, M. Johnson, J. Lodewijks|
|Place of Publication||Sydney, NSW|
|Publisher||Society of Heterodox Economists, University of New South Wales|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||Australian society of heterodox economists conference (5th : 2006) - Sydney|
Duration: 11 Dec 2006 → 12 Dec 2006
|Conference||Australian society of heterodox economists conference (5th : 2006)|
|Period||11/12/06 → 12/12/06|
Bradford, W. (2006). Rawlsian justice and the 'property-owning democracy': a destructive symbiosis? In P. Kriesler, M. Johnson, & J. Lodewijks (Eds.), Essays in heterodox economics: proceedings, refereed papers Sydney, NSW: Society of Heterodox Economists, University of New South Wales.