Commutative, Distributive and Procedural Justice - What Does it Mean, What Does it Matter?

16 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2009  

Wojciech Sadurski

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: September 9, 2009

Abstract

In this paper, I revisit an argument that two distinctions, traditionally drawn in a theory of justice, between commutative and distributive, and between procedural and substantive justice, are misleading, and that properly understood, "commutative justice" derives from, or is reducible to, "distributive justice", while "procedural justice" derives from, or is reducible to, "substantive justice". In reviewing these two dichotomies I consider the arguments from a duty of promise-keeping, from voluntariness, and from moral pluralism, and I contend that they are incapable of undermining the position I had originally put forward.

Keywords: justice, commutative justice, procedural justice, distributive justice, Rawls

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Sadurski, Wojciech, Commutative, Distributive and Procedural Justice - What Does it Mean, What Does it Matter? (September 9, 2009). Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/79. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1471022

Wojciech Sadurski (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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