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This article analyzes Rousseau’s political theory of private property, fills a lacuna in the literature, and develops a novel interpretation of Rousseau’s apparently contradictory remarks. Although Rousseau was critical of

This article analyzes Rousseau’s political theory of private property, fills a lacuna in the literature, and develops a novel interpretation of Rousseau’s apparently contradictory remarks. Although Rousseau was critical of private property, he did not advocate a clear and easy solution to the problems he discerned. Instead, he put forth a highly differentiated perspective that was principled and pragmatic. He rooted the legitimacy of private ownership in an ideal theory of republican property rights, which refers primarily to the normative principle of reciprocity.

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  • 2014-07-01
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1057/pol.2014.13
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      0032-3497
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      1744-1684

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    Siroky, David S., & Sigwart, Hans-Joerg (2014). Principle and Prudence: Rousseau on Private Property and Inequality. POLITY, 46(3), 381-406. http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/pol.2014.13

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