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  1.  65
    Why Economic Agency Matters: An Account of Structural Domination in the Economic Realm.Rutger Claassen & Lisa Herzog - 2019 - European Journal of Political Theory 20 (3):465-485.
    Authors like Iris Young and Philip Pettit have come up with proposals for theorizing ‘structural injustice’ and social relations marred by ‘domination’. These authors provide conceptual tools for f...
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    Capabilities in a Just Society: A Theory of Navigational Agency.Rutger Claassen - 2018 - Cambridge University Press.
    What sort of entitlements should citizens have in a just society? In this book, Rutger Claassen sets out a theory of what he terms 'navigational agency', whereby citizens should be able to navigate freely between social practices. This shows how individuals can be at the same time free and autonomous in striving for their own goals in life, but also embedded in social practices in which they have to cooperate with others. He argues that for navigational agency, people need three (...)
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  3. The Foundations of Capability Theory: Comparing Nussbaum and Gewirth. [REVIEW]Rutger Claassen & Marcus Düwell - 2013 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (3):493-510.
    This paper is written from a perspective that is sympathetic to the basic idea of the capability approach. Our aim is to compare Martha Nussbaum’s capability theory of justice with Alan Gewirth’s moral theory, on two points: the selection and the justification of a list of central capabilities. On both counts, we contend that Nussbaum’s theory suffers from flaws that Gewirth’s theory may help to remedy. First, we argue that her notion of a (dignified) human life cannot fulfill the role (...)
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    Capability Paternalism.Rutger Claassen - 2014 - Economics and Philosophy 30 (1):57-73.
    A capability approach prescribes paternalist government actions to the extent that it requires the promotion of specific functionings, instead of the corresponding capabilities. Capability theorists have argued that their theories do not have much of these paternalist implications, since promoting capabilities will be the rule, promoting functionings the exception. This paper critically surveys that claim. From a close investigation of Nussbaum's statements about these exceptions, it derives a framework of five categories of functionings promotion that are more or less unavoidable (...)
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    Doing Good Together: Competition Law and the Political Legitimacy of Interfirm Cooperation.Rutger Claassen & Anna Gerbrandy - 2018 - Business Ethics Quarterly 28 (4):401-425.
    ABSTRACT:Demands have been growing upon firms to take actions in the interests of workers, the environment, local communities, and others. Firms sometimes have felt they could best discharge such responsibilities by cooperating with other firms. This, however, is suspect from the point of view of a purely economic interpretation of competition law, since interfirm agreements may raise prices and thus lower welfare for consumers. Should competition law remain focused on competition enhancing economic welfare, or be reformed to allow for acts (...)
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    An Agency‐Based Capability Theory of Justice.Rutger Claassen - 2017 - European Journal of Philosophy 25 (4):1279-1304.
    The capability approach is one of the main contenders in the field of theorizing social justice. Each citizen is entitled to a set of basic capabilities. But which are these? Martha Nussbaum formulated a set of ten central capabilities. Amartya Sen argued they should be selected in a process of public reasoning. Critics object that the Nussbaum-approach is too perfectionist and the Sen-approach is too proceduralist. This paper presents a third alternative: a substantive but non-perfectionist capability theory of justice. It (...)
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    The Corporate Power Trilemma.Rutger Claassen & Michael Bennett - 2022 - Journal of Politics 84 (4):2094-2106.
    Authors critical of corporate power focus almost exclusively on one solution: bringing it under democratic control. However important this is, there are at least two other options, which are rarely discussed: reducing powerful firms’ size and influence, or accepting corporate power as a necessary evil. This article provides a comparative perspective for evaluating all three options. It argues that the trade-offs we face in responding to corporate power have a trilemmatic structure. The pure strategies of accepting powerful firms, breaking them (...)
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    Financial Crisis and the Ethics of Moral Hazard.Rutger Claassen - 2015 - Social Theory and Practice 41 (3):527-551.
    The 2008 global financial crisis raises ethical as much as financial questions. Moral outrage centered on the imbalance between banks profiting from excessive risk-taking in good times and taxpayers suffering the costs in bad times. The paper analyzes this imbalance in terms of ethical theory. It first develops a rights-based framework to answer questions about the moral obligations of states and banks towards each other. It then criticizes standard economic thinking, which de-moralizes the phenomenon of moral hazard. Moral hazard between (...)
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    Sailing Alone: Teenage Autonomy and Regimes of Childhood.Joel Anderson & Rutger Claassen - 2012 - Law and Philosophy 31 (5):495-522.
    Should society intervene to prevent the risky behavior of precocious teenagers even if it would be impermissible to intervene with adults who engage in the same risky behavior? The problem is well illustrated by the legal case of the 13-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker, who set out in 2009 to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone, succeeding in January 2012. In this paper we use her case as a point of entry for discussing the fundamental (...)
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    Making Power Explicit.Rutger Claassen & Lisa Herzog - 2021 - Social Theory and Practice 47 (2):221-246.
    In this paper we argue that liberal-egalitarian theorists of justice should take power, especially economic power, seriously and make it explicit. We argue that many theories of justice have left power implicit, relying on what we call the “primacy of politics” model as a background assumption. However, this model does not suffice to capture the power relations of today’s globalized world, in which the power of nation states has been reduced and material inequality has sky-rocketed. We suggest replacing it by (...)
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  11. Making Capability Lists: Philosophy Versus Democracy.Rutger Claassen - 2011 - Political Studies 59 (3):491-508.
    The article discusses a fundamental problem that has to be faced if the general capability approach is to be developed in the direction of a theory of justice: the selection and justification of a list of capabilities. The democratic solution to this problem (defended by Amartya Sen) is to leave the selection of capabilities to a process of democratic deliberation, while the philosophical solution (defended by Martha Nussbaum) is to establish this list of capabilities as a matter of philosophical theory. (...)
     
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    An Agency-Based Capability Theory of Justice.Rutger Claassen - 2017 - European Journal of Philosophy 25 (4):1279-1304.
    The capability approach is one of the main contenders in the field of theorizing social justice. Each citizen is entitled to a set of basic capabilities. But which are these? Martha Nussbaum formulated a set of ten central capabilities. Amartya Sen argued they should be selected in a process of public reasoning. Critics object that the Nussbaum‐approach is too perfectionist and the Sen‐approach is too proceduralist. This paper presents a third alternative: a substantive but non‐perfectionist capability theory of justice. It (...)
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    Institutional Pluralism and the Limits of the Market.Rutger J. G. Claassen - 2009 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 8 (4):420-447.
    This paper proposes a theory of institutional pluralism to deal with the question whether and to what extent limits should be placed on the market. It reconceives the pluralist position as it was presented by Michael Walzer and others in several respects. First, it argues that the options on the institutional menu should not be principles of distribution but rather economic mechanisms or ‘modes of provision’. This marks a shift from a distributive to a provisional logic. Second, it argues that (...)
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    Rethinking the European Social Market Economy: Introduction to the Special Issue.Rutger Claassen, Anna Gerbrandy, Sebastiaan Princen & Mathieu Segers - 2019 - Journal of Common Market Studies 57 (1):3-12.
    This contribution offers an introduction to the Special Issue 'Rethinking the European Social Market Economy'. It places the Special Issue against the background of the debate on free markets versus social protection in the European Union and the inclusion of the notion of 'social market economy' in the Treaty on European Union. It sketches the meaning and development of the social market economy concept, and introduces the key questions underlying this Special Issue and the contributions included in it.
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    Hobbes Meets the Modern Business Corporation.Rutger Claassen - 2021 - Polity 1 (53):101-131.
    Political theory today has expanded its scope to debate business corporations, conceiving of them as political actors, not (just) private actors in the market place. This article shows the continuing relevance of Thomas Hobbes’s work for this debate. Hobbes is commonly treated as a defender of the so-called concession theory, which traces the legitimacy of corporations to their being chartered by sovereign state authorities for public purposes. This theory is widely judged to be anachronistic for contemporary business corporations, because these (...)
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    The Commodification of Care.Rutger Claassen - 2011 - Hypatia 26 (1):43-64.
    This paper discusses the question whether care work for dependent persons (children, the elderly, and disabled persons) may be entrusted to the market; that is, whether and to what extent there is a normative justification for the “commodification of care.” It first proposes a capability theory for care that raises two relevant demands: a basic capability for receiving care and a capability for giving care. Next it discusses and rejects two objections that aim to show that market-based care undermines the (...)
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    Social Freedom and the Demands of Justice: A Study of Honneth's Recht Der Freiheit.Rutger Claassen - 2014 - Constellations 21 (1):67-82.
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    Public Goods, Mutual Benefits, and Majority Rule.Rutger Claassen - 2013 - Journal of Social Philosophy 44 (3):270-290.
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    Markets as Mere Means.Rutger Claassen - 2017 - British Journal of Political Science 47 (2):263-281.
    There has been a remarkable shift in the relation between market and state responsibilities for public services like health care and education. While these services continue to be financed publicly, they are now often provided through the market. The main argument for this new institutional division of labor is economic: while (public) ends stay the same, (private) means are more efficient. Markets function as ‘mere means’ under the continued responsibility of the state. This paper investigates and rejects currently existing egalitarian (...)
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    Communication as Commodity: Should the Media Be on the Market?Rutger Claassen - 2011 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 28 (1):65-79.
    Should media communication be left to the market, or rather (partly) removed from the market? This question is discussed by reconstructing an often-found ‘standard argument’ in the literature on the subject. This standard argument states that some form of market-independent media provision is required since markets will fail to deliver a specific kind of high-quality content conducive to the democratic process. This paper argues that the standard argument is defective in several respects. By doing so, it reevaluates the way we (...)
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    Temporal Autonomy in a Laboring Society.Rutger Claassen - 2012 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 55 (5):543-562.
    Abstract The aim of this paper is to discuss which stance towards the allocation of labor and leisure would be defensible from the perspective of modern liberal political theory. There is a long tradition in philosophy defending an ideal of leisure, but this tradition has been rightly criticized for being too perfectionist. A liberal perspective seems more attractive in not dictating how much time people spend in labor or leisure, but leaving this choice to individuals. The question is whether this (...)
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    Wealth Creation Without Domination. The Fiduciary Duties of Corporations.Rutger Claassen - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-22.
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    The Conservative Challenge to Liberalism.Rutger Claassen - 2011 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (4):465-485.
    This paper reconstructs the political?theoretical triangle between liberalism, communitarianism and conservatism. It shows how these three positions are related to each other and to what extent they are actually incompatible. The substantive outcome is the following thesis: the conservative position poses a challenge to liberalism that communitarianism is unable to offer and that liberalism cannot incorporate as it could with communitarianism. This challenge lies in the conservative?s ideal of a traditionally evolved, purposeless form of civil association, and its associated view (...)
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    Externalities as a Basis for Regulation: A Philosophical View.Rutger Claassen - 2016 - Journal of Institutional Economics 12 (3):541-563.
    Externalities are an important concept in economic theories of market failure, aiming to justify state regulation of the economy. This article explores the concept of externalities from a philosophical perspective. It criticizes the utilitarian nature of economic analyses of externalities, showing how they cannot take into account values like freedom and justice. It then develops the analogy between the concept of externalities and the 'harm principle' in political philosophy. It argues that the harm principle points to the need for a (...)
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    Rethinking European Competition Law: From a Consumer Welfare to a Capability Approach.Rutger Claassen & Anna Gerbrandy - 2016 - Utrecht Law Review 12 (1):1-15.
    European competition law is predominantly focused on maximizing consumer welfare. This overarching purpose (which is supported by economic theory) leaves little place for safeguarding non-economic values, such as sustainability. This makes it difficult to allow cooperation between companies to contribute to such non-economic goals. In this article we explore whether it is possible to establish a different normative framework, in which such goals can be taken into account and can be balanced against the economic goal of consumer welfare. To answer (...)
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    The Status Struggle: A Recognition-Based Interpretation of the Positional Economy.Rutger Claassen - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (9):1021-1049.
    Competition for positional goods is an important feature of contemporary consumer societies. This paper discusses three strategies for a normative evaluation of positional competition. First, it criticizes an evaluation in terms of people's motives to engage in such competition. A reconstruction of an American debate over the status-motivation of consumer behavior shows how such an analysis founders on the difficulties of distinguishing between status and non-status motives for consumption. Second, the article criticizes an approach based on assessing the (positive and (...)
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    The Capability to Hold Property.Rutger Claassen - 2015 - Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 16 (2):220-236.
    This paper discusses the question of whether a capability theory of justice (such as that of Martha Nussbaum) should accept a basic “capability to hold property.” Answering this question is vital for bridging the gap between abstract capability theories of justice and their institutional implications in real economies. Moreover, it is vital for understanding the difference between egalitarian and libertarian versions of the capability approach. In the paper, three main arguments about private property are discussed: those relating property to a (...)
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    The Status Struggle. A Recognition-Based Interpretation of the Positional Economy.Rutger Claassen - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (9):1021-1049.
    Competition for positional goods is an important feature of contemporary consumer societies. This paper discusses three strategies for a normative evaluation of positional competition. First, it criticizes an evaluation in terms of people's motives to engage in such competition. A reconstruction of an American debate over the status-motivation of consumer behavior shows how such an analysis founders on the difficulties of distinguishing between status and non-status motives for consumption. Second, the article criticizes an approach based on assessing the (positive and (...)
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    The Marketization of Security Services.Rutger Claassen - 2011 - Public Reason 3 (2).
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    Can We Escape Privatization Dilemmas? Reflections on Cordelli’s The Privatized State. [REVIEW]Rutger Claassen - 2022 - Jurisprudence 13:421-426.
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    Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets, by Debra Satz. Oxford University Press, 2010.Rutger Claassen - 2012 - Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (3):585-597.
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    Schaarste en overvloed: Een strijd tussen twee interpretaties Van de menselijke conditie.Rutger Claassen - 2007 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (1):3 - 34.
    This paper discusses philosophical arguments for presenting scarcity and/or abundance as characteristic of the human condition. It criticizes those positions which presenthuman action as characterized by either 'universal scarcity' or 'universal abundance'. Universal scarcity is associated with instrumental activity and argues that the possibility of abundance supposes a Utopia of intrinsic activity which is inconceivable. Universal abundance is defended by Georges Bataille, who conceives of human life as the necessary expenditure of an original abundance. Both positions are criticized: even on (...)
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    Ethics, Money and Sport. This Sporting Mammon - by Adrian Walsh & Richard Giulianotti: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Rutger Claassen - 2008 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (1):75-77.
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    Justice as a Claim to (Social) Property.Rutger Claassen - 2017 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-15.
    Margaret Kohn argues for a reappraisal of early twentieth-century left-republican French political theory, known as ‘solidarism’. Solidarism recognises private property as legitimate, but at the same time argues that the collective nature of economic production gives rise to a claim to social property. It is social property that should underlie the case for social justice and social rights, not the standard liberal claims to individual autonomy. This paper provides an appraisal of Kohn’s recovery of solidarism, taking as its main theme (...)
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  35. The Useful Myth of State Security: Reflections on the State's Special Role in Security Provision.Rutger Claassen - 2009 - Res Publica (Parkville, Vic.) 18 (1):1.
     
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    Public Services on the Market: Issues and Arguments.Rutger Claassen - 2011 - Public Reason 3 (2):3-12.
  37. Wealth and Power: Philosophical Perspectives.Michael Bennett, Huub Brouwer & Rutger Claassen (eds.) - 2023 - New York, NY: Routledge.
    Is political equality viable given the unequal private property holdings characteristic of a capitalist economy? This book places the wealth-politics nexus at the centre of scholarly analysis. Traditional theories of democracy and property have often ignored the ways in which the rich attempt to convert their wealth into political power, operating on the implicit assumption that politics is isolated from economic forces. This book brings the moral and political links between wealth and power into clear focus. The chapters are divided (...)
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    Corporate governance en het maatschappelijk belang.Rutger Claassen & Dirk Schoenmaker - 2022 - Amsterdam, Nederland: Pre-adviezen van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor de Staathuishoudkunde.
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  39. Four Models of Protecting Citizenship and Social Rights in Europe: Conclusions to the Special Issue ‘Rethinking the European Social Market Economy.Rutger Claassen, Anna Gerbrandy, Sebastiaan Princen & Mathieu Segers - 2019 - Journal of Common Market Studies 57 (1):159-174.
    This article offers a synthesis of and conclusion to the contributions included in the Special Issue 'Rethinking the European Social Market Economy'. Based on different understandings of citizenship in the European Union and the roles of the EU and its member states in providing social protection arrangements, it develops a typology of four models of the EU's role in social protection. It then discusses the contributions to this Special Issue in light of this typology and draws a number of overarching (...)
     
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  40. Het eeuwig tekort. Een filosofie van de schaarste.Rutger Claassen - 2004 - Amsterdam, Nederland: Ambo/Anthos.
    Veelbelovend debuut van een talentvolle jonge filosoof - in de traditie van Hans Achterhuis -/- Waarom leven wij in een wereld die voor eeuwig gevuld lijkt te zijn met tekorten? Welke mechanismen creëren dat voortdurende gevoel niet genoeg te hebben? Waar komt ons oneindig verlangen naar méér vandaan - ondanks alle welvaart en overvloed? -/- Deze vragen vormen de basis van een filosofische zoektocht naar de oorsprong van schaarste. Rutger Claassen bespreekt de belangrijkste denkers uit filosofie en economie die zich (...)
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  41. Het huis van de vrijheid. Een politieke filosofie voor vandaag.Rutger Claassen - 2011 - Amsterdam, Nederland: Ambo/Anthos.
    Een kleine politieke filosofie Moeten rokers vrij gelaten worden te roken in de horeca, of mag de staat hun dat verbieden? Is Laura Dekker vrij op zeilreis te gaan, of had de staat haar thuis moeten houden? Zijn allochtonen vrij hun eigen cultuur te behouden of moeten zij juist integreren? En zijn wij vrij om onze welvaart te vergroten ook als dat het klimaat grote schade toebrengt? Nadat onze vrijheid in de jaren zestig en zeventig enorm is toegenomen, beleven we (...)
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  42. Minima Philosophica: Verplicht broccoli eten.Rutger Claassen - 2012 - Filosofie En Praktijk 33 (4).
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  43. Ondernemen in de open samenleving.Rutger Claassen & Judith van Erp - 2019 - Den Haag, Nederland: Boom Bestuurskunde.
    Internationale markten zijn de afgelopen decennia sterk mondiaal ontwikkeld en veel bedrijven zijn in deze geglobaliseerde context uitgegroeid tot belangrijke, quasi-politieke spelers. Deze stormachtige economische ontwikkelingen bieden kansen en welvaart aan velen, maar kennen echter ook schaduwzijden, van milieubelasting tot belastingontwijking. In deze bundel verkennen de auteurs het idee van de ‘open samenleving’ om vat te krijgen op deze nieuwe realiteit. De open samenleving naar het ideaal van Popper, waarin mensen de vrijheid hebben om hun mening uit te drukken, initiatief (...)
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  44. Property and Political Power : Neo-Feudal Entanglements.Rutger Claassen - 2021 - In John Philip Christman (ed.), Positive Freedom: Past, Present, and Future. Cambridge University Press.
  45. Private eigendom, publieke macht.Rutger Claassen - 2020 - Den Haag, Nederland: Boom.
    Van oudsher proberen liberaal-democratische samenlevingen private en publieke sferen gescheiden te houden. Individuen en bedrijven kunnen privaat handelen op de markt, winst maken en daar de vruchten van plukken. De publieke macht moet daar onafhankelijk van uitgeoefend worden, op democratische basis. Maar die strikte scheiding tussen privaat en publiek staat onder druk. Oligarchen beïnvloeden in veel landen de politiek, door partijdonaties en lobbyactiviteiten. Bedrijven reguleren hun eigen activiteiten, en overheden slagen er in een geglobaliseerde economie lang niet altijd in om (...)
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  46. Political Theories of the Business Corporation.Rutger Claassen - forthcoming - Philosophy Compass.
     
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  47. Recensie-Een broze consensus over de verzorgingsstaat.Rutger Claassen - 2008 - Filosofie En Praktijk 29 (2):58.
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  48. The Market’s Place in the Provision of Goods.Rutger Claassen - 2008 - Dissertation,
    Which goods should we be able to buy and sell on the market and, alternatively, which goods should remain sheltered from the market? For many goods in modern societies, this has proven to be a thorny question. Moreover, it is a question that cannot be answered by way of a theoretical shortcut, that is, by attributing certain general values (or disvalues) to the market and inferring from these general attributes that the market is (or isn’t) the best institution to govern (...)
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  49. Veiligheidszorg tussen staat en markt.Rutger Claassen - 2008 - Tijdschrift Voor Veiligheid 4 (7):50-58.
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    Wealth and Power.Rutger Claassen, Michael Bennett & Huub Brouwer - 2022 - Londen, Verenigd Koninkrijk: Routledge.
    Is political equality viable when a capitalist economy unequally distributes private property? This book examines the nexus between wealth and politics and asks how institutions and citizens should respond to it. -/- Theories of democracy and property have often ignored the ways in which the rich attempt to convert their wealth into political power, implicitly assuming that politics is isolated from economic forces. This book brings the moral and political links between wealth and power into clear focus. The chapters are (...)
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