Retracted: Being lucky and being deserving, and distribution

Amatrudo, Anthony (2010) Retracted: Being lucky and being deserving, and distribution. The Heythrop Journal, 51 (4) . pp. 658-669. ISSN 0018-1196 [Article] (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2265.2008.00405.x)


This paper examines the concepts of desert and luck, familiar in political theory but neglected by sociologists. I argue that the idea of desert is composed of both personal performance and the degree of responsibility a person has over that performance. Distribution ought to be in accordance with the indebtedness created by the person’s performance. This can be compromised by luck; that is, personal desert is undermined where lack of performance scuttles the applicability of the contributory model. This paper examines recent work, focusing on establishing desert criteria for each person’s ends and life-plans, and a formula for distribution according to personal welfare.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 10980
Depositing User: Anthony Amatrudo
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 05:51
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 09:58

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