IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Neither Behind, nor Beyond a Thick "Veil of Ignorance": The "Difference Principle" in the Impending European Constitution

Listed author(s):
  • Carla Angela


    (Università "La Sapienza", Roma)

  • Giuseppe Eusepi


    (Università "La Sapienza", Roma)

Starting from the constitutional document drafted by the European Convention, the paper seeks to compare and contrast two approaches to redistribution — that of welfare economics; and that of constitutional political economy. EU's member countries have weathered financing problems during the last twenty years and with the enlargement to ten more countries, those financial pressures will inevitably intensify. The paper suggests the introduction of “multiple difference principles” behind a thin veil of ignorance and addresses itself primarily to this latter aspect by extending the generality principle to disability benefits and support to low-income earners.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: Payment required

As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

Article provided by SIPI Spa in its journal Rivista di Politica Economica.

Volume (Year): 94 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (July-August)
Pages: 121-140

in new window

Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:94:y:2004:i:4:p:121-140
Contact details of provider:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:94:y:2004:i:4:p:121-140. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Sabrina Marino)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.