The Logic of Social Cooperation for Mutual Advantage - The Democratic Contract
Political Studies Review
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This article offers a brief summary of Albert Weale's (2013) book on democratic justice and the social contract and discusses in more detail its central argument about the democratic social contract, which rests on mutual advantage, deliberative rationality and rough bargaining equality. The article contextualises Weale's argument, showing how it emerged from his own scepticism towards previous social contract theories. It explores the distinctiveness of Weale's own social contract theory, discussing its main aspects: its logic, its rationality and its legitimacy. The piece concludes by offering two brief critical arguments about issues of method (the 'empirical' approach) and substance (the philosophical anthropology of the social contract).
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Castiglione, D. (2015), The Logic of Social Cooperation for Mutual Advantage – The Democratic Contract. Political Studies Review, 13: 161–175, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/1478-9302.12080. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving: http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms
Vol. 13 (2), pp. 161 - 175