Handbook on Global Social Justice
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Handbook on Global Social Justice

Edited by Gary Craig

In the fifty years since Rawls seminal work A Theory of Justice, the concept has been debated with those on the political right and left advocating very different understandings. This unique global collection, written by a group of international experts, offers wide-ranging analyses of the meaning of social justice that challenge the ability of the market to provide social justice for all. The Handbook also looks at how the theory of social justice informs practice within a range of occupations or welfare divisions.
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Chapter 33: Social justice for children

Jonathan Bradshaw


The focus of this chapter is distributional justice for children. Although it starts with some observations on the concept of social justice applied to children, it will mainly be concerned with how one might explore social justice for children in empirical study. The approach is comparative, drawing mainly on data from European Union countries. The chapter ends by posing a question that has not yet been resolved. What is the appropriate balance between the market and the state in supporting children out of poverty? What is the right balance between the family, the market and the state in seeking social justice for children? This is an important issue at a time when it appears that the combination of neo-liberal policies and austerity which have been pursued more or less aggressively in many so-called ‘developed’ countries have resulted in a situation where the numbers of children in poverty have reached record levels in living memory.

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