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Liberal Egalitarianism and the Harm Principle

Lombardi, M and Veneziani, R (2009) Liberal Egalitarianism and the Harm Principle Working Paper.

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Abstract

This paper analyses Rawls's celebrated difference principle, and its lexicographic extension, in societies with a finite and an infinite number of agents. A unified framework of analysis is set up, which allows one to characterise Rawlsian egalitarian principles by means of a weaker version of a new axiom - the Harm Principle - recently proposed by marven09. This is quite surprising, because the Harm principle is meant to capture a liberal requirement of noninterference and it incorporates no obvious egalitarian content. A set of new characterisations of the maximin and of its lexicographic refinement are derived, including in the intergenerational context with an infinite number of agents.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Economics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 11:24
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:22
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/430828

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