The Standing of the Public Interest

Barry Law Review 20:2 (Spring 2015), pp. 191-217.

28 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2015

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: September 29, 2015


Liberal communitarians hold that a good society achieves a carefully crafted balance between individual rights and the common good. Critics argue that there is no such thing as the common good; only aggregation of personal goods. The article first defends the concept of the common good; and then shows that it is very similar to the concept of the public interest used in the law. The article then examines the ways American courts balance the public interest and the common good in three areas: free speech, public safety, and taking.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, The Standing of the Public Interest (September 29, 2015). Barry Law Review 20:2 (Spring 2015), pp. 191-217. . Available at SSRN:

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

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