The Reciprocity Principle

Stuart White

in The Civic Minimum

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780198295051
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600319 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 The Reciprocity Principle

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This chapter discusses a substantive economic reciprocity principle, referred to as the fair-dues conception of reciprocity. It argues that the satisfaction of this principle should be a requirement of justice. The basic idea of the fair-dues concept is that when the institutions that govern economic life are sufficiently fair in terms of the opportunities and awards they afford for productive contribution, citizens who claim the large share of the social product available to them under these institutions should make a decent productive contribution to the community in return.

Keywords: substantive economic reciprocity principle; fair dues; justice

Chapter.  12372 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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