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social contract

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A usually implicit agreement among the members of an organized society or between the governed and the government defining and limiting the rights and duties of each.

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social compact

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(Philosophy) (in the theories of Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others) an agreement, entered into by individuals, that results in the formation of the state or of organized society, the prime motive being the desire for protection, which entails the surrender of some or all personal liberties

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the agreement among individuals by which society becomes organized and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare.
[1840–50]
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Noun1.social contract - an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection
accord, agreement - harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters; "the two parties were in agreement"
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That is, perhaps, the only instance in human history of that positive, original social compact, which speculative philosophers have imagined as the only legitimate source of government.
I admonish and forewarn ye all," continued the startled Doctor, "that I am a peaceful citizen of the before named Confederacy, or to speak with greater accuracy, Union, a supporter of the Social Compact, and a lover of good order and amity;" then, perceiving that the danger was, at least, temporarily removed, he once more raised his voice to the hostile pitch,--"I charge ye all, therefore, to submit to the laws.
The president spoke about the gradual unraveling of the country's social compact, beginning in the late 1970s, as automation and overseas outsourcing of jobs took a toll on American workers and their families, leading many to load up on debt.
A social compact of sorts was struck between science and society--the federal government would support scientific research, primarily in universities, and the benefits would flow to students (via education) and the general public (via technological innovation).
Romney's comments also reveal that he has lost any sense of the social compact.
TUNIS (TAP) - The tripartite conference on launching social dialogue promotion project was crowned, on Friday, by the drafting of a road map for conceiving of a social compact for the 2012-2020 period.
The church should respond by building a new pluralistic social compact on the foundation of a century of modern church teachings on human dignity, the preference for the poor in the exercise of Christian charity, justice, human rights, international relations and the environment, Phan said.
Discussion among those in attendance focused on four areas: the need to fuel the region's economic engine by strengthening research and development efforts and venture capital funds and seeking federal government follow through on the Great Lakes Restoration Agreement; cultivating human capital through cross-border college tuition agreements, reciprocal certification and credentialing portability; remaking the social compact by addressing growing health care and pension issues and strengthening metropolitan areas through transportation and infrastructure initiatives.
The social compact serves as a societal ecosystem on a local, state, national and international level.
For the revolutionaries, the love that was essential to the social compact implied complementarity between men and women.
For Democrats, this means that if we want to have an active public sector, if we want to maintain a 21st century social safety net, if we want to maintain an intergenerational social compact, we have to be for reforming government.
But on questions about the social compact - on welfare, health care, unemployment and jobs, on affirmative action - Republican women part ways with men.