Res Publica

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 425–438 | Cite as

The Morality of Price/Quality and Ethical Consumerism

  • Julian FinkEmail author
  • Daniel Schubert


Hussain claims that ethical consumers are subject to democratic requirements of morality, whereas ordinary price/quality consumers are exempt from these requirements. In this paper, we demonstrate that Hussain’s position is incoherent, does not follow from the arguments he offers for it, and entails a number of counterintuitive consequences.


Ethical consumerism Price-quality consumerism Democratic ideals Pareto improvements Hussain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.WiesbadenGermany

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