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Basic Income and Rawlsian Justice

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  • Loek Groot

    (SISWO/The Netherlands Institute for the Social Sciences)

The purpose of this chapter is twofold. Firstly, in sections 2 to 4 a brief outline is given of Rawlsian justice in relation to basic income. Section 2 presents Rawls's principles of justice and the accompanying primary social goods to which these principles are applied. Sections 3 and 4 deal with two general problems of Rawlsian justice: how to implement the principle of fair equality of opportunity and what to do about the pro-leisure bias of the difference principle. Secondly, sections 5 to 7 address the problem, taking the reciprocity objection seriously, of how to evaluate leisure while simultaneously obeying Rawls's difference principle. In the concluding section, I summarize the findings and consider the implications for the next chapter.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0302006.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 11 Feb 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0302006
Note: Type of Document - Word (PC); prepared on IBM PC - PC-TEX/UNIX Sparc TeX; pages: 20
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