Individual control in decision-making and attitudes towards inequality: The case of Italy

Antonio Cognata, Sebastiano Bavetta, Dario Maimone Ansaldo Patti, Pietro Navarra

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Power is commonly defined as the control exercised by one or more persons over the choices, behaviours and attitudes of another or others. In this paper we focus on a different form of control, i.e., the control that a person exercises on her own choices, behaviours and attitudes. We conceptualize this different form of control by using the Millian idea of autonomy freedom. We argue that the power required for an individual to be in control of her own actions is exercised through her level of autonomy freedom. Autonomy freedom is, therefore, instrumental for an individual to have self-control over her own life. We claim that the extent of autonomy freedom significantly affects an individual's attitudes toward income inequality. More specifically, we point out, and empirically demonstrate, that individuals who enjoy high levels of autonomy freedom value income differences more than those whose degree of autonomy freedom is low © 2008 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospitePower, Freedom and Voting
Numero di pagine22
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

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