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Colm, 1960. Social Research 27(3):295-307

In Defense of the Public Interest
Gerhard Colm

Social Research: An International Quarterly

Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 27, No. 3 (Fall 1960): 295-307

EXCERPT: In political debate, judicial practice, and economic-policy discussions the term public interest plays a dominant role. The term lends itself to convenient use--partly because it resists, by its nature, precise definition. For this very reason, however, the idea of the public interest has been viewed with suspicion by those who try to formulate a rigorous 'scientific' theory of political science or economics, especially public finance. Thus the recent literature in these fields has revived earlier efforts to do without a concept which so stubbornly defies neat and precise nomic behavior.
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