English title: Fraternal Society in Rawls' Property-Owning Democracy

Author(s): Andrew Walton - Valeria Camia -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013


This paper discusses what type of sociological context is appropriate for Rawls' 'property-owning democracy'. Following certain suggestions offered by Rawls and in the work of Joshua Cohen, it explores, in particular, the kind of fraternity and social interaction suitable for citizens in Rawlsian society and the role of the state in engineering these bonds. Utilising a normative framework based on Rawls' discussion of a property-owning democracy and various data sets, the paper argues that bonds of social trust, active participation in trade unions and enrolment in public schools, and the use of state policy to organise a mixture of public, cooperative, and private economic institutions would be suitable for a Rawlsian society to adopt because it appears that these structures are favourably connected to the ends of Rawlsian justice.

Volume: 35

Issue: 1

From page no: 163

To page no: 186

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Analyse & Kritik: Zeitschrift für Sozialtheorie

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