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The Ethics of Competition

How a Competitive Society is Good for All

Christoph Lütge

The concept of competition is frequently regarded with ambivalence. While its champions wholeheartedly endorse it for reasons of efficiency, critics believe competition undermines ethics. They denounce competitive thinking, call for modesty in profit-making, and rail against economisation. However, Christoph Lütge argues convincingly that intensified competition can work in favour of ethical goals, and that many criticisms of competition stem from an inadequate understanding of how modern societies and economies function. The author illustrates his view with examples from ecology, healthcare and education, and concludes with a call for more entrepreneurial spirit.
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Chapter 6: Competition in health and nursing care

Christoph Lütge

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This chapter is dedicated to the question whether increased competition in the fields of healthcare and nursing can lead to ethical improvements. I argue that it is complicated but feasible to set adequate rules for competition to work in an ethical way. Reference is made to the comparison of health sector reforms in different countries. Several seemingly ethical arguments why competition should not enter the health sector are rebutted.

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