Equality, equity or need? Public opinion towards distributive justice in the changing welfare state KU Leuven
Contemporary Western societies are characterized by a de-structuring of the social contract of
organized modernity. This brings along renewed discussions on distributive justice, i.e. how the
burdens and benefits of our welfare system can be distributed fairly. Three principles of
distributive justice are distinguished: (1) equity: distribution dependent on contributions; (2)
equality: the same access to social welfare ...