Disparate goods and Rawls' difference principle: A social choice theoretic treatment

Theory and Decision 11 (3):267-288 (1979)
Abstract
Rawls' Difference Principle asserts that a basic economic structure is just if it makes the worst off people as well off as is feasible. How well off someone is is to be measured by an ‘index’ of ‘primary social goods’. It is this index that gives content to the principle, and Rawls gives no adequate directions for constructing it. In this essay a version of the difference principle is proposed that fits much of what Rawls says, but that makes use of no index. Instead of invoking an index of primary social goods, the principle formulated here invokes a partial ordering of prospects for opportunities.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 10,731
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
John Rawls (1977). The Basic Structure As Subject. American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (April):159-165.
Citations of this work BETA
Robert Sudgen (1998). The Metric of Opportunity. Economics and Philosophy 14 (02):307-.
Similar books and articles
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2010-07-21

Total downloads

31 ( #55,089 of 1,098,628 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #113,755 of 1,098,628 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.