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Policy evaluation under severe uncertainty: a cautious, egalitarian approach

Voorhoeve, Alex (2021) Policy evaluation under severe uncertainty: a cautious, egalitarian approach. In: Heilmann, Conrad and Reiss, Julian, (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics. Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 467 - 479. ISBN 9781138824201

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In some severely uncertain situations, as exemplified by climate change and novel pandemics, policymakers lack a reasoned basis for assigning probabilities to the possible outcomes of the policies they must choose between. I outline and defend an uncertainty-averse, egalitarian approach to policy evaluation in these contexts. The upshot is a theory of distributive justice that offers especially strong reasons to guard against individual and collective misfortune.

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Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 10:48
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2024 19:39

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