This thesis seeks to analyze the proposals and prescriptions of Thomas Piketty as expressed in his vast array of works and the critiques of his works. His proposals for a system of participatory socialism is grounded in the notion that inequality is expanding at an unsustainable rate, and that growing economic inequality is a problem for the future of liberal democracy and economic growth and sustainability. This thesis argues that Piketty provides many compelling arguments in favor of tackling inequality, but he falls short of a real system of justice or elaborated political theory aside from his moral intuitions of equality and justice, and Piketty falls short of explaining how to arrive at his ideal political system. Rawls' theory of justice should be used to build on the economic observations of Piketty due to a substantial level of overlap in participatory socialism and property owning democracy.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs
Political Science; Pre-Law
Connors, Patrick T., "Renewed Social Democracy: Thomas Piketty and His Critiques" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1474.