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Market, State, and CommunityTheoretical Foundations of Market Socialism$
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David Miller

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198278641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198278640.001.0001

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Distributive Justice

Distributive Justice

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(p.151) 6 Distributive Justice
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Market, State, and Community
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David Miller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198278640.003.0007

Could a market economy produce outcomes that meet our criteria of distributive justice? Some egalitarians, such as Carens, have proposed that markets should govern production but not distribution, relying on moral incentives to motivate the producers, but this seems unrealistic. Instead, we can ask whether a suitably framed market might give people the income that they deserved, as measured by their productive contribution. A conception of economic desert is elaborated by considering various challenges to this proposal. The conclusion is that a market socialist economy can at least come close to achieving distributive justice.

Keywords:   Joseph Carens, desert, distributive justice, egalitarianism, Friedrich Hayek, income, luck, market, moral incentives

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