Distributive Justice Theory & Meta-Theory

These papers map out a unique 'metatheoretical' approach to Justice Theory by attending carefully to the case grammar of infinitives such as 'to distribute,' 'to allocate,' and their cognates. They also show, in virtue of the interformulability of equalizing and maximizing social welfare functions, that many theories that appear on the surface to be at odds are in fact deeply convergent upon a single, productive-opportunity-egalitarian distribution norm.

Image: 'Justice,' 19th Century French sculpture.
  1. Putting Distribution First
  2. Taking Distribution Seriously
  3. The Deep Grammar of Distribution: A Meta-Theory of Justice
  4. Human Persons, Human Rights, and the Distributive Structure of Global Justice
  5. Minding the Gaps: Fairness, Welfare, and the Constitutive Structure of Distributive Assessment
  6. MarketCompleteness, Market Neutrality, & Ethically Cognizable Efficiency: An Ordinal-EquivalenceTheorem (working paper)
  7. Just Prices (w/ Roy Kreitner)
  8. What Ever Happened to Just Prices?
  9. Ethically Cognizable Efficiency: An Essay in Reconstruction (working paper)
  10. The Form of Welfare (working paper)
  11. Recursive Social Welfare Functions (working paper)
  12. Three Understandings of ‘The Priority of the Right Over the Good’ (working paper)

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The Green New Deal initiative begun in 2018 marked the beginning of a return to ambitious public-private coordination in the cause of rebuilding the American economy along more just, productive, and sustainable lines. Hockett worked with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her team from the start on the GND Resolution introduced to Congress in early 2019, then on the initiative's finance plan as well as much follow-up legislation found in the 'Legislation' Module of this site.

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