Liberal egalitarianism and the harm principle

Lombardi, M., Miyagishima, K. and Veneziani, R. (2016) Liberal egalitarianism and the harm principle. Economic Journal, 126(597), pp. 2173-2196. (doi:10.1111/ecoj.12298)

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Abstract

We analyse the implications of classical liberal and libertarian approaches for distributive justice in the context of social welfare orderings. We study an axiom capturing a liberal non-interfering view of society, Weak Harm Principle, whose roots can be traced back to John Stuart Mill. We show that liberal views of individual autonomy and freedom can provide consistent foundations for welfare judgements. In particular, a liberal non-interfering approach can help to adjudicate some fundamental distributive issues relative to intergenerational justice. However, a strong relation is established between liberal views of individual autonomy and non-interference, and egalitarian principles in the Rawlsian tradition.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lombardi, Dr Michele
Authors: Lombardi, M., Miyagishima, K., and Veneziani, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Economic Journal
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0013-0133
ISSN (Online):1468-0297
Published Online:31 March 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Economic Journal 126(597):2173-2196
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a creative commons license
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