Economics and Philosophy 37 (3):376-394 (2021)

Vaughn Bryan Baltzly
Texas State University
Proponents of the public goods argument ('PGA') seek to ground the authority of the state on its putative indispensability as a means of providing public goods. But many of the things we take to be public goods – including many of the goods commonly invoked in support of the PGA – are actually what we might term publicized goods. A publicized good is any whose ‘public’ character results only from a policy decision to make some good freely and universally available. This fact poses complications for the PGA, insofar as the set of possible publicized goods is quite extensive indeed.
Keywords public goods  public goods argument  cost-benefit analysis  public finance
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DOI 10.1017/s0266267120000395
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