Reformulating Jan Tinbergen’s normative vision on welfare and security

Professor Mansoob Murshed

In this article published in the Journal of Peace Research, Professor Mansoob Murshed builds upon the legacy of Jan Tinbergen's ideas about welfare and security.

Mansoob Murshed argues that aggregate social welfare, which depends among other things on national income, and the feeling of security, are actually inseparable in the sense of the utility they imparts to the representative citizen.

He reformulates these ideas in terms of strategic actions in peaceful behaviour between nations.

Nations tend to act in a non-cooperative fashion, thus carrying out less peaceful actions than they would have if they behaved cooperatively. This demonstrates the superiority of world government, an another idea favoured by Tinbergen, especially in the realm of international security.

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