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The right to die as a case study in third-order decisionmaking.
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PMID:  1479307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Using the right to die and the United States Supreme Court case of Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health as exemplars, this article explores the notion of third-order decisionmaking. If first order decisionmaking is about what should happen, and second-order decisionmaking is about who should decide what should happen, then third-order decisionmaking is about who should decide who decides. This turns out to be an apt characterization of constitutionalism, which is centrally concerned with the allocation of responsibility for making decisions about the allocation of responsibility. Deference to erroneous second-order decisions, as in the Cruzan case itself, may merely be an example of this central feature of constitutionalism.
F Schauer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of medicine and philosophy     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0360-5310     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Philos     Publication Date:  1992 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-02-05     Completed Date:  1993-02-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610512     Medline TA:  J Med Philos     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  573-87     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.
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MeSH Terms
Advance Directives / legislation & jurisprudence
Decision Support Techniques*
Ethics, Medical
Judicial Role
Legal Guardians*
Life Support Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
Philosophy, Medical
Right to Die / legislation & jurisprudence*
Supreme Court Decisions*
United States

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