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2007 | 39 | 6 | 522-534
Article title

ON THE (NON-)CONTRACTUAL NATURE OF RULES: CONTRASTING DURKHEIM AND BUCHANAN

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Abstracts
EN
The paper examines the viewpoints of James Buchanan and Emile Durkheim on the question whether the maintenance of social order can be understood as resulting from contractual exchange of rational individuals. It is argued that neither Buchanan's normative individualism requires considering the maintenance of social order as an outcome of an exchange process, nor Durkheim's notion of moral integration requires embracing methodological holism. On this basis, the paper proposes an individualist understanding of social order as collective self-sufficiency rather than exchange. The broader implication of this argument is that institutions must be generally viewed as based on variable combinations of self-sufficiency and exchange as alternative mechanisms of gratifying human wants.
Year
Volume
39
Issue
6
Pages
522-534
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Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • V. Valentinov, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe, Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2, D-06120 Halle (Saale), Germany
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Publication order reference
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08SKAAAA03727484
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.d0042aa5-adc7-385a-ba2c-ee9d299ed935
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