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    Taxation: Philosophical Perspectives (edited book)
    with Shepley Orr
    Oxford University Press. 2018.
    This is the first book to give a collective treatment of philosophical issues relating to tax. Given that the tax system is central to the operation of states and to the ways in which states interact with individual citizens, more interdisciplinary attention to conceptual and normative issues relating to tax is urgently needed.
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    Survey Article: Philosophy and Public Policy after Piketty
    Journal of Political Philosophy 25 (3): 343-375. 2017.
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    The New Labour we got was different from the New Labour that might have been, had the reform agenda associated with stakeholding and pluralism in the early-1990s been fully realised. We investigate the road not taken and what it means for ‘one nation’ Labour.
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    Priority, Preference and Value
    Utilitas 24 (3): 332-348. 2012.
    This article seeks to defend prioritarianism against a pair of challenges from Michael Otsuka and Alex Voorhoeve. Otsuka and Voorhoeve first argue that prioritarianism makes implausible recommendations in one-person cases under conditions of risk, as it fails to allow that it is reasonable to act to maximize expected utility, rather than expected weighted benefits, in such cases. I show that, in response, prioritarians can either reject Otsuka and Voorhoeve's claim, by means of appealing to a di…Read more
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    The Promise of Predistribution
    Policy Network - Predistribution and the Crisis in Living Standards. 2012.
    If pursued with serious intent, Pre-distribution has the capacity to create an exciting and radical new agenda for social democracy. But the politics of Pre-distribution cannot be innocuous or uncontroversial. In its more radical forms, predistribution is a potentially radical and inspiring project for social democrats who have come to see the limitations of the old ways of doing things. It’s a project that promises a strategy to deliver abundantly on values of social justice, economic freedom, …Read more
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    The focus of this article is on the place of the limited-liability joint stock corporation in a satisfactory account of social justice and, more specifically, the question of how such corporations should be regulated and taxed in order to secure social justice. Most discussion in liberal political philosophy looks at state institutions, on the one hand, and individuals, on the other hand, without giving much attention to intermediate institutions such as corporations. This is in part a conseque…Read more
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    Social Justice and the Future of Flood Insurance
    with John O'Neill
    Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 2012.
    What would be a fair model for flood insurance? Catastrophic flooding has become increasingly frequent in the UK and, with climate change, is likely to become even more frequent in the future. With the UK's current flood insurance regime ending in 2013, we argues that: - there is an overwhelming case for rejecting a free market in flood insurance after 2013; - this market-based approach threatens to leave many thousands of properties uninsurable, leading to extensive social blight; - there are a…Read more
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    Three Rawlsian Routes towards Economic Democracy
    Revue de Philosophie Économique 9 (1): 29-55. 2008.
    This paper addresses ways of arguing fors ome form of economic democracy from within a broadly Rawlsian framework. Firstly, one can argue that a right to participate in economic decision-making should be added to the Rawlsian list of basic liberties, protected by the first principle of justice. Secondly,I argue that a society which institutes forms of economic democracy will be more likely to preserve a stable and just basic structure over time, by virtue of the effects of economic democratizatio…Read more
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    Liberty, equality and property-owning democracy
    Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (3): 379-396. 2009.
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    Property-Owning Democracy and the Demands of Justice
    with Thad Williamson
    Living Reviews in Democracy 1 1-10. 2009.
    John Rawls is arguably the most important political philosopher of the past century. His theory of justice has set the agenda for debate in mainstream political philosophy for the past forty years, and has had an important influence in economics, law, sociology, and other disciplines. However, despite the importance and popularity of Rawls's work, there is no clear picture of what a society that met Rawls's principles of justice would actually look like. This article sets out to explore that que…Read more
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    The Facts of Inequality
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (3): 397-409. 2010.
    This review essay looks at two important recent books on the empirical social science of inequality, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's The Spirit Level and John Hills et al .'s Towards a More Equal Society? , situating these books against the important work of Michael Marmot on epidemiology and health inequalities. I argue that political philosophy can gain a great deal from careful engagement with empirical research on the nature and consequences of inequality, especially in regard to empiri…Read more
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  • Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond (edited book)
    with Thad Williamson
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2012.
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    Piketty, Meade and Predistribution
    Crooked Timber Book Seminar on Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. forthcoming.
    If solutions to the problem of inequality are to be as radical as reality now demands, what is instead required is a reimagining of what would be involved comprehensively to tame capitalism through democratic means. This will involve much further development of the kind of plurality of institutional and policy proposals sketched by Meade, and will involve both the private and public – individual and collective – forms of capital predistribution that Meade advocated. Piketty, like Meade, sees the…Read more
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    What should egalitarians believe?
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 36 (2): 119-156. 2008.
    No Abstract