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Social justice and public policy: a social policy perspective

Piachaud David

in Social justice and public policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349347
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349347.003.0003
Social justice and public policy: a social policy perspective

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This chapter takes on a social policy perspective to study public policy and social justice. It begins by outlining the key features of the theories by Robert Nozick, John Rawls, and Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. It then identifies the things these theories have in common and what their principal differences are. It also considers some of the implications of these theories. The chapter finally discusses the relationship of public policy and private behaviour, the issues children pose for social justice, and global inequality and justice in the world.

Keywords: social policy; Robert Nozick; John Rawls; Amartya Sen; Martha Nussbaum; private behaviour; global inequality

Chapter.  6981 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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