Financial Foundations Framework, Leadership, Ethics, and Trust, Rethinking Budgeting
What's Fair? Equity, Equality, and FairnessDownload
Many local governments are grappling with the concept of “equity” in budgeting. Equity is one interpretation of fairness or justice. A central theme in debates about fairness and justice is equality versus equity. “Equality” means people should be treated the same by public policy to remove barriers to the individual’s success. It is commonly associated with giving people equality of opportunity. “Equity” means people should be treated differently by public policy to compensate for different circumstances and consequent need for help from government.
- Publication date: August 2021
- Authors: Brian Harward, Alison Taylor, and Shayne Kavanagh