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Modern Theories of Justice

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  • Serge-Christophe Kolm

    () (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris)

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This first book in English by Serge-Christophe Kolm provides an overview of his far-reaching vision of distributive justice. Kolm derives justice from considerations of rationality. Justice cannot be defined by one all-encompassing principle or set of a few principles. It has the general form of an equality of individuals' liberties in a broad sense, with different applications and specific adjustments when several liberties conflict or when everybody prefers another outcome. Kolm describes the theory of justice and presents and evaluates each of the various modern theories, principles, or criteria of justice. He shows how some complement each other, how some are unworkable, and how some could be rescued. The result is an intensive introduction to the general theory of justice for economists and noneconomists alike.

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  • Serge-Christophe Kolm, 2002. "Modern Theories of Justice," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262611805, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262611805
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    Keywords

    distributive justice; theory of justice;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values

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