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Jack Knight and Melissa Schwartzberg

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479842933

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479842933.001.0001

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Freedom, Responsibility, and Privatization

Freedom, Responsibility, and Privatization

(p.223) 9 Freedom, Responsibility, and Privatization

Eric Macgilvray

NYU Press

This chapter argues that the logic of a principled distinction between public and private presupposes the existence of a liberal state, and that the key value liberals have typically appealed to in drawing the boundary is that of freedom. The author insists that such freedom is complex: in analyzing liberal freedom, we aim both at identifying the conditions under which agents can properly be held responsible (termed republican freedom), and at defining a social space within which the requirements of responsible agency may be diminished (market freedom). Liberalism unifies republican and market freedom; the debate over the boundary between public and private, understood this way, is core to its project, and is unresolvable.

Keywords:   Privatization, Freedom, Republicanism, Markets, Liberalism

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