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Why It ’ s Time to Stop Worrying About Paternalism in Public Health Policy

  title={Why It ’ s Time to Stop Worrying About Paternalism in Public Health Policy},
  author={James Wilson and James Wilson},
Public health policies which involve active intervention to improve the health of the population are often criticised as paternalistic. This paper argues that it is a mistake to frame our discussions of public health policies in terms of paternalism. First, it is deeply problematic to pick out which policies should count as paternalistic; at best we can talk about paternalistic justifications for policies. Second, two of the elements that make paternalism problematic at an individual level… Expand
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