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Brocker I 565
Equilibrium/Buchanan: only when a state of "natural distribution" (1) has been reached does contractual negotiations take place in which property rights (i.e. all types of individual rights of disposal) are negotiated. The so-called "natural distribution" arises as follows:
1. There is a shortage of goods
2. Consumption by one person means a negative effect for every other person (rivalry)
3. Each person wants to bring as much as possible into his possession
4. Characteristics that are conducive to competition are not evenly distributed
5. This will result in an uneven distribution of goods.
This situation arises when the marginal benefits of the conquest costs and the marginal costs of the defence efforts
Brocker I 566
will be balanced. This "natural balance" has a certain stability. The parties can only improve their position through a disarmament agreement.
Negotiations/Buchanan: Negotiations are conducted to reduce unproductive defence costs. Both A and B recognize that they are better off if they can save on defence costs.


Wolfgang Kersting, „James M. Buchanan, Die Grenzen der Freiheit“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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EconBuchan I
James M. Buchanan
Politics as Public Choice Carmel, IN 2000

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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