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Individual Choice and Social Exclusion

Julian Le Grand,  December 2003
Paper No' CASE 075: Full paper (pdf)
Tags: poverty, exclusion and equalities; poverty and social exclusion; social exclusion; poverty; choice


Why is social exclusion a problem? What about ┐voluntary┐ social exclusion ┐ when an individual chooses to exclude him or herself from the wider society? Brain Barry has addressed these questions in a recent CASE book, arguing that social exclusion, voluntary or involuntary, offends against social justice and social solidarity. This paper contends that Barry┐s arguments are weak for voluntary social exclusion and argues that, perhaps surprisingly, a better case can be made for treating voluntary social exclusion as a problem on welfarist grounds.