Social Research Center (SRC)

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Social Research Center (SRC)

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Research Article

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A New Framing of Social Policies

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This issue paper argues for the need for governance and public policy reforms that are anchored on well-being equity, and that adopt fairness in the social patterns of well-being as a measure of development and social success. Well-being equity is defined as: “The absence of systematic, unnecessary and preventable differences in well-being across groups in society classified according to a social stratum”. The definition recognizes that not all social differences in well-being are inequitable. The equity definition is confined to differences that are shaped by causes that are not distributed fairly across social groups. A clear example of inequity is a distribution of well-being that shows systematic differences across geographic or ethnic classifications. Such differences do not lend themselves easily to explanations of generic geographic or ethnic differences. Such differences are more readily explained by differential allocations of opportunities by geographic areas, or differentiated treatment by ethnic compositions.

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