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Disgorging the fruits of historical wrongdoing

Goodin, Robert E (2013) 'Disgorging the fruits of historical wrongdoing.' American Political Science Review, 107 (3). pp. 478-491. ISSN 0003-0554

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Abstract

There are many different ways of responding to wrongdoing: person-centered or object-centered, victim-centered or perpetrator-centered, and fault-oriented or not. Among these approaches, requiring innocent beneficiaries to disgorge the fruits of historical wrongdoings of others is attractive because it is informationally the least demanding. Although that approach is perhaps not ideal, at least it is feasible where other responses are not, and doing something is better than doing nothing in response to grievous historical wrongdoing. Depending on circumstances, disgorgement can be in whole or in part, in kind or in cash. Even without the full information that disgorgement itself requires, general redistributive taxation might be justified as a tolerably close approximation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Carla Xena Galindo
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2013 11:46
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 11:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7039

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