Normative theory of reciprocity-based equality

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This paper proposes normative theory of "reciprocity-based" equality. It is constructed to be an alternative of "rightbased" equality theory. The theory is subsumed under three points below: 1) interactive/local, 2) other-regarded, 3) otheroriented responsibility. It is often assumed that reciprocity-principle is incompatible with distributive equality. I refute this conjecture and demonstrate that reciprocity can be compatible with distributive equality, especially on the idea of reciprocity as value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-39
Number of pages19
JournalSociological Theory and Methods
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct 26
Externally publishedYes


  • Liberalism
  • Normative theory
  • Reciprocity
  • Theory of equality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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