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Inequality, poverty and the grounds of our normative concerns

Bucelli, Irene (2017) Inequality, poverty and the grounds of our normative concerns. CASEpapers (204). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.

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Abstract

Policy debates surrounding poverty and inequality try to find practical solutions to what we should do to tackle these phenomena. But what are the grounds for being concerned about poverty or about inequality? To what extent do these overlap? These questions invite us to explore the conceptual links between the two notions from the standpoint of their normative justifications. This paper clarifies the normative debate surrounding poverty and inequality, highlighting both moral and non-moral reasons that ground our concerns. The result is a clear map of the key philosophical positions, connected to current empirical debates in social policy. What emerges from this analysis is the possibility of endorsing a broader social justice justification for which poverty and inequality do not generate competing concerns, but see, instead, our normative reasons to care about both overlap.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Social Policy
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I30 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I31 - General Welfare; Basic Needs; Living Standards; Quality of Life; Happiness
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 12:51
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 00:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103493

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