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Paternalism in social policy [online] : when is it justifiable?

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Internet only - free access
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Length:
29 p.
Publisher:
Canberra, A.C.T. : Parliamentary Library and Research Service
Year:
2010
Type:
Electronic resource
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Abstract:
This paper argues that paternalist policies may be considered justifiable under circumstances where high stakes decisions are involved, the decisions being made by individuals are irreversible and it is possible to identify failures in people’s reasoning. If paternalist interventions are able to be justified in terms of people’s own values and preferences, then this adds weight to their acceptability given that they do not undermine people’s autonomy.
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