By Toril Aalberg

This paintings presents a comparative research of public ideals approximately social justice. What can clarify the cross-national adaptations, and if reviews do swap over the years, why is that this so? this article might be of curiosity to these drawn to the connection among public opinion and political elite.

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This study will not discuss procedural justice. Hence, the arguments and examples given throughout the chapter will deal solely with principles relevant to distributive justice. Previous studies have shown that when people are asked about their beliefs concerning distributive justice, they rarely refer to one single basic principle of distribution (Kluegel & Mateju 1995). Rather they typically invoke several criteria of distribution and reach an overall judgement by balancing these principles against each other (Miller 1992, 558, Tyler, Boeckmann, Smith & Huo 1997, 70).

This latter interpretation of the principle of need is closely linked to the principle of equality. 7 Principles of equality The concept of equality has been discussed extensively by moral and political philosophers. In the vast literature dealing with equality it is defined in various ways. Egalitarians generally hold in common a primary aversion to individual distinctions between people. Equality, however, does not necessarily imply identical treatment of everyone    :    35 without regard to particular circumstances.

The disadvantage of this data source is that it is not replicated and that the respondents consist of a non-representative student sample. 5 Experiments on Distributive Justice Norms across Cultures The purpose of these experiments was to test competing models of justice norms and to discover whether such norms are dependent on national culture. This is the only study designed primarily for this purpose, and the questionnaire attempts to reveal how people apply different principles of distributive justice when they are asked to evaluate distribution of income within a society.

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