‘Bringing the Middle Classes Back In’ An Egalitarian Case for (Truly) Universal Public Services
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Is part ofÉthique et Économique / Ethics and Economics ; vol. 2, no 1
Publisher(s)Université de Montréal. Centre de recherche en éthique de l'UdeM.
Some egalitarians argue against public services that are free for all, on the grounds that free access appears to primarily benefit the middle classes. I advocate, instead, the inclusion of the middle classes in public services, arguing that only truly universal intake of public services prevents the inegalitarian effects of economic segregation. Such universal participation in public services is achieved, partly, through subsidies for, and regulation of, privately produced services.