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Corporate institutions in a weakened welfare state: a Rawlsian perspective

Al-Amoudi, Ismael ORCID: and Blanc, Sandrine 2013. Corporate institutions in a weakened welfare state: a Rawlsian perspective. Business Ethics Quarterly 23 (4) , pp. 497-525. 10.5840/beq201323438

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This paper re-examines the import of Rawls’s theory of justice for private sector institutions in the face of the decline of the welfare state. The argument is based on a Rawlsian conception of justice as the establishment of a basic structure of society that guarantees a fair distribution of primary goods. We propose that the decline of the welfare state witnessed in Western countries over the past 40 years prompts a reassessment of the boundaries of the basic structure in order to include additional corporate institutions. A discussion centered on the primary good of self-respect, but extensible to power and prerogatives as well as income and wealth, examines how the legislator should intervene in private sector institutions to counterbalance any unfairness that results from the decline of the welfare state.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Additional Information: Published online 23 January 2015 PDF uploaded in accordance with publisher's policies at (accessed 23.10.15).
Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center
ISSN: 1052-150X
Funders: Independent Social Research Foundation
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 18:47

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