Macrojustice: The Political Economy of Fairness

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Dezember 2004



This 2005 text explores the concept of 'macrojustice' for determining a fair distribution of resources in society.


Part I. Bases: Consensus, Freedoms and Capacities: 1. Macrojustice: an overview of its place, method, structure and result; 2. Social freedom; 3. The liberal theory; 4. Free and equal in rights; 5. Resources; 6. Capacities; Part II. Overall Distributive Justice: ELIE (Equal Labour Income Equalization): 7. Equal labour income equalization: general presentation; 8. Models of labour and productivity; 9. Equal duration income equalization; 10. Information; 11. Income justice; 12. General equal labour income equalization: the model; 13. Involuntary unemployment; Part III. Comparisons with Policies and Philosophies: 14. Comparisons: general issues; 15. Comparison with distributive schemes; 16. Comparison with philosophies; Part IV. The Degree of Community, Equality, Reciprocity, and Solidarity: 17. The degree of redistribution, solidarity, community, and reciprocity; 18. Impartiality, consensus, and information; 19. Disinterested judgments and the moral surplus; 20. Communication and dialogue; 21. Impartialization and consensus; Part V. Comparison with Economics' Social Ethics: 22. Related economic values; 23. The structure and substance of distributive principles; 24. Happiness and freedom; 25. Freedoms, responsibility, desert, merit, equality of opportunity, capacities, capabilities, basic needs; 26. The theory of equivalence; 27. Conclusion.


"Professor Kolm continues his deep investigations into the nature of justice and, in particular, just income transfers. He justifies his proposal on the basis that justice is determined by the values of the society. In the course of his examination, he probes into the logic of many aspects of justice and the various theories currently under discussion." Kenneth Arrow, Stanford University "Macrojustice, which concerns the overall distribution of economic wealth, is a prominent and time-honored object of philosophical and social science scholarship, the current relevance of which is highlighted by the widening economic disparities of recent decades. Serge-Christophe Kolm, who not only possesses an impressive breadth of knowledge of this literature but also is a prolific contributor to it, proposes and thoroughly defends an ambitious theory in this tome that, to its credit, integrates the concepts of basic needs, efficiency, proportionality and desert based on a structure of freedom, impartiality and information, and that sets a very high standard for work in this area." James D. Konow, Loyola Marymount University "Serge Kolm is one of the most prolific and deeply original thinkers of our time. His footsteps are engraved in many research areas including normative economics, public economics, and political philosophy...even these skeptical readers would no doubt find the experience of being exposed to Kolmas ideas/reasonings fascinating and rewarding in rethinking and reorienting his/her own conceptions of fairness. It gives me pleasure to recommend this book to those who would like to think systematically about fairness." Kotaro Suzumura, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
EAN: 9780521835039
ISBN: 0521835038
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2004
Seitenanzahl: 537 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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