Julian Lamont on Welfare Economics - Dictionary of Arguments
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Welfare economics/economic theories/Lamont: The various positions on offer usually describe idealized distributive systems, which often attract the criticism that such systems could never be realized — 'they don't apply to the real world' is how the complaint is expressed.
LamontVs: his criticism is misguided, as it misconstrues the practical influence of normative theories of distributive justice.
These theories should be viewed not as holding out a utopian dream, but as proposing ideals against which the messiness of real-world systems can be understood and evaluated.
Lamont, Julian, „Distributive Justice“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications
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Gerald F. Gaus
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004