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Empirical and Normative Claims in Social Contract Arguments

Amir Paz-Fuchs
Publication date: 
Mon, 22 Oct 2007

This report provides both a record and a critical assessment of the first workshop of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society Programme on The Social Contract Revisited: The Modern Welfare State. The workshop was held in Oxford on 18-20 April 2007.
The purpose of the workshop was to unveil the main normative principles that lie at the foundations of social contract thinking and to construct a workable relationship between them and modern welfare state constraints. In doing so, participants and discussants have addressed facets and developing trends of which both the social contract and the welfare state have to take account. These include membership (gender, race, immigrants), privatization, globalization, aging of the population, and various demographic changes.