The Dichotomy of Procedural and Distributive Justice in the Theory of Social Choice

Iana Okhrimenko
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXIV, Issue 2, 207-226, 2021
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/2122


Purpose: The purpose of the article is to provide critical analysis regarding the application of distributive justice in the theory of social choice. Design/Methodology/Approach: The research combines the elements of critical analysis and synthesis utilizing a rich scope of inter-disciplinary evidence. Findings: Distributive justice serves as the dominant concept in economics, at the same time being hardly competitive with the principles of social sustainability. Practical Implications: Social choice framework should incorporate "justice of procedure", relying more on the fairness of processes governing social resources distribution. Originality/Value: The proposed paper re-discovers and examines the application of procedural justice in the field of social choice, while distributive justice remains the dominant principle in economics.

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