Normative and Empirical Justice Research: A Preliminary Exploration of Public Administrators in the Health Care Context

Journal of Social Policy and Management, Forthcoming

41 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2010

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Kaifeng Yang

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Neil De Haan

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Newark

Date Written: September 6, 2009

Abstract

Social equity and social justice have been a fundamental concern for public administration scholars and practitioners. So far the literature is largely normative in nature and centered on John Rawls’ theory of justice, paying less attention to how public administrators actually think about justice. This article reviews the background of justice theories and debates, compares three empirical justice beliefs, and explores public health administrators’ principles of justice. Drawing from an online survey of a convenience sample, the authors find both merit-based and equality-based beliefs among public administrators in the heath care context. The results show that respondents’ justice beliefs affect their attitudes toward government spending on health care, and the respondents’ justice beliefs are not affected by their factual knowledge about inequalities.

Keywords: Social Justice, Fairness, Equity, Health Care

Suggested Citation

Yang, Kaifeng and De Haan, Neil, Normative and Empirical Justice Research: A Preliminary Exploration of Public Administrators in the Health Care Context (September 6, 2009). Journal of Social Policy and Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1548925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1548925

Kaifeng Yang (Contact Author)

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States

Neil De Haan

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Newark ( email )

180 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

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