Why Horizontal Inequalities are Unjust, and how to Correct Them.

Prof. Frances Stewart, University of Oxford

The presentation will discuss relevant analysis of selected philosophers and economists on distributional justice both with respect to vertical and horizontal inequality as well as instrumental reasons for concern with distribution. It will then consider types of policy which would contribute to correcting such inequalities, and attitudes to such redistribution.

About the speaker
Frances Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Development Economics, University of Oxford. Her research has focused on appropriate technology; basic needs; adjustment and poverty; development during conflict; group behaviour; horizontal inequalities; and human development. She has been director of Oxford’s Department of International Development and Chair of the United Nation’s Committee on Development Policy. Books include Technology and Underdevelopment (Macmillan 1976); and Planning to Meet Basic Needs (1985); she was co-author of UNICEF’s influential study Adjustment with a Human Face (OUP 1987) and of War and Underdevelopment (OUP 2001); and editor of Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (Palgrave, 2008).

Venue: Conference room

Date: 26 February 2015

Time: 12:30 - 13:30