Justice as Fair Reciprocity

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

 Justice as Fair Reciprocity

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This chapter discusses the conception of justice as fair reciprocity. In its non-ideal form, fair reciprocity demands that institutions governing economic life satisfy a threshold level of absolute and relative economic opportunity. Specifying this threshold should address a long-standing aspiration of the modern egalitarian movement – the creation of a society that has abolished the bads classically associated with the proletarian condition: brute luck poverty, market insecurity and the risk of domination by others, lack of opportunity for self-realization in work, and class division based on unequal access to education and wealth.

Keywords: justice; fair reciprocity; egalitarian movement

Chapter.  8489 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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