G Forces: Gideon v. Wainwright and Matthew Adler's Move Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis

11 Seattle J. Soc. J. 1025 (2013)

41 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2012 Last revised: 23 Oct 2014

Janet Moore

University of Cincinnati College of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2013

Abstract

With the approach of the fiftieth anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, Matthew Adler's continuous prioritarian social welfare economic theory provides an interesting new resource for advocates of public defense reform. Adler argues for a moral decision-making procedure in large-scale policy settings that prioritizes the interests of the less well-off. This essay identifies some key steps in Adler's analysis, highlights several avenues for critique and further development of his arguments, and begins to explore the doctrinal development of the right to counsel as an instantiation of his inequality-averse approach to moral decision-making.

Suggested Citation

Moore, Janet, G Forces: Gideon v. Wainwright and Matthew Adler's Move Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis (November 1, 2013). 11 Seattle J. Soc. J. 1025 (2013) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192545

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