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The Civic MinimumOn the Rights and Obligations of Economic Citizenship$
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Stuart White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295057.001.0001

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Justice as Fair Reciprocity

Justice as Fair Reciprocity

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(p.77) Chapter 4 Justice as Fair Reciprocity
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The Civic Minimum
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DOI:10.1093/0198295057.003.0004

This chapter discusses the conception of justice as fair reciprocity. In its non-ideal form, fair reciprocity demands that institutions governing economic life satisfy a threshold level of absolute and relative economic opportunity. Specifying this threshold should address a long-standing aspiration of the modern egalitarian movement – the creation of a society that has abolished the bads classically associated with the proletarian condition: brute luck poverty, market insecurity and the risk of domination by others, lack of opportunity for self-realization in work, and class division based on unequal access to education and wealth.

Keywords:   justice, fair reciprocity, egalitarian movement

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