51 Syracuse L. Rev. 987 (2001)
Ronald Dworkin on Redistribution to the Disabled

handle is hein.journals/syrlr51 and id is 999 raw text is: RONALD DWORKIN ON REDISTRIBUTION TO THE
DISABLED
Mark S. Steint
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION    .......................................................................................... 987
I. HYPOTHETICAL       INSURANCE     AND    THE   GREATER-BENEFIT
CRITERION   ...................................................................................... 989
A. Basics of Dworkin's Theory .................................................... 989
B. Hypothetical Insurance and Risk Attitudes ............................. 991
C. The Greater-Benefit Criterion in Hypothetical Insurance
and  Utilitarianism  ................................................................... 993
D. Terminological Detour ........................................................... 994
II. HYPOTHETICAL INSURANCE AS HYPOTHETICAL-CHOICE
UTILITARIANISM    ............................................................................. 996
I. HYPOTHETICAL       INSURANCE     AS   A  DEVICE FOR      MAKING
INTERPERSONAL UTILITY COMPARISONS ...................................... 999
A.   Attitudes  to  Risk .................................................................... 1001
B. Mistaken Predictions of Benefit ............................................ 1003
C. Incentive Effects .................................................................... 1004
D. Roemer on Hypothetical Insurance and Utilitarianism:
Right the First Time .............................................................. 1005
IV. EQUALITY OF RESOURCES VERSUS HYPOTHETICAL
INSURANCE ................................................................................... 1006
CONCLUSION    ........................................................................................... 1013
INTRODUCTION
Egalitarian theorists of distributive justice have difficulty addressing the
problem of redistribution to the disabled. Egalitarians tend to be drawn
toward one of two unpalatable positions: virtually unlimited redistribution
from the nondisabled to the disabled, in an attempt to bring the disabled as
close as possible to equality of welfare with the nondisabled; or an equal
t Lecturer, Yale University, Department of Political Science; Ph.D., 2001, Yale University;,
J.D., 1983, University of Michigan. The author acknowledges with thanks the comments of
John Roemer and members of the Yale Graduate Political Theory Workshop.

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