Social Justice and Individual Ethics in an Open Society

Equality, Responsibility, and Incentives

  • Frank Vandenbroucke

Part of the Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy book series (SEEP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

    1. Frank Vandenbroucke
      Pages 1-5
  3. Just Incentive Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Frank Vandenbroucke
      Pages 60-87
  4. Justice and Incentives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Frank Vandenbroucke
      Pages 143-173
    3. Frank Vandenbroucke
      Pages 173-199
    4. Frank Vandenbroucke
      Pages 229-260
    5. Frank Vandenbroucke
      Pages 287-294
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 295-307

About this book


Can the need for incentives justify inequality? Starting from this question, Frank Vandenbroucke examines a conception of justice in which both equality and responsibility are involved. In the first part of the inquiry, which explores the implementation of that conception of justice, the justification of incentives assumes that agents make personal choices based only upon their own interests. The second part of the book challenges the idea that a normative conception of distributive justice can be based on that traditional assumption, i.e. that personal choices are not the subject matter of justice. Thus, Vandenbroucke questions the Rawlsian idea that the primary subject of a theory of justice is the basic structure of society, and not the individual conduct of its citizens. For a society to be really just, the ethos of individual conduct has to serve justice. Non-mathematical readers can skip the formal model proposed in Chapter 3 and understand the rest of the book.


Political Philosophy Responsibility-sensitive egalitarianism Sozialdemokratie Soziale Gerechtigkeit democracy ethics labor market philosophy politische Philosophie social democracy social justice

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank Vandenbroucke
    • 1
  1. 1.Comparative Social PolicyBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-41636-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59476-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-2707
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-2723
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