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The Privatized State

Chiara Cordelli


Many governmental functions today — from the management of prisons and welfare offices to warfare and financial regulation — are outsourced to private entities. Education and health care are funded in part through private philanthropy rather than taxation. Can a privatized government rule legitimately? This book argues that it cannot. It argues that privatization constitutes a regression to a precivil condition — what philosophers centuries ago called “a state of nature.” Developing a compelling case for the democratic state and its administrative apparatus, the book shows how privatization re ... More

Keywords: public powers, private philanthropy, privatized government, privatization, democratic state, precivil condition, provisional justice, undue dependence, unfreedom, political representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691205755
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691205755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chiara Cordelli, author
University of Chicago