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Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare

Marc Fleurbaey


What is a fair distribution of resources and other goods when individuals are partly responsible for their achievements? This book develops a theory of fairness incorporating a concern for personal responsibility, opportunities, and freedom. With a critical perspective, it looks at the recent developments in economics and philosophy that define social justice in terms of equal opportunities. It also proposes new perspectives and original ideas. It is often thought that responsibility is a complex notion, but this book proposes a simple analytical framework that makes it possible to disentangle ... More

Keywords: fair distribution, theory of fairness, social justice, equal opportunities, effort, choices, responsibility sphere, income redistribution, labour supply

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199215911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Fleurbaey, author
CNRS, University Paris-Descartes and LSE