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DISABILITY, STATUS ENHANCEMENT, PERSONAL ENHANCEMENT AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION

Wolff, J; (2009) DISABILITY, STATUS ENHANCEMENT, PERSONAL ENHANCEMENT AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION. Economics and Philosophy , 25 (1) 49 - 68. 10.1017/S0266267108002277. Green open access

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Abstract

It often appears that the most appropriate form of addressing disadvantage related to disability is through policies that can be called "status enhancements": changes to the social, cultural and material environment so that the difficulties experienced by those with impairments are reduced, even eradicated. However, status enhancements can also have their limitations. This paper compares the relative merits of policies of status enhancement and "personal enhancement": changes to the disabled person. It then takes up the question of how to assess the priority of the claims of disabled people in the face of scarcity of resources for which there can be many competing social claims, arguing for the theory of "declustering disadvantage".

Type: Article
Title: DISABILITY, STATUS ENHANCEMENT, PERSONAL ENHANCEMENT AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION
Event: Conference on Disability and Equal Opportunity
Location: Bergen, NORWAY
Dates: 2006
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0266267108002277
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266267108002277
Language: English
Additional information: © Cambridge University Press 2009
Keywords: EQUALITY, OPPORTUNITY
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/96249
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