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The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen

Published By: Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Belknap Press
ISBN: 978-0-674-03613-0, cloth; 978-0-674-06047-0, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2009


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Reviewed by: Ian Shapiro of Yale University
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.49.4.1230.r6
Review Pages: 1251-63

Book Review Abstract

Ian Shapiro of Yale University reviews "The Idea of Justice" by Amartya Sen. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins, "Explores the idea of justice, focusing on how we can proceed to address questions of enhancing justice and removing injustice. Discusses reason and objectivity; John Rawls and beyond; institutions and persons; voice and social choice; impartiality and objectivity; closed and open impartiality; position, relevance, and illusion; rationality and other people; plurality of impartial reasons; realizations, consequences, and agency; lives, freedoms, and capabilities; capabilities and resources; happiness, well-being, and capabilities; equality and liberty; democracy as public reason; the practice of democracy; human rights and global imperatives; and justice and the world. Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard University. Name and subject indexes."


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JEL Classifications

D63: Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
D72: Models of Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
E02: Institutions and the Macroeconomy


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