On the Concept of Derivative Needs.

by B. C. Vladeck


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Concepts of need are often important to thinking about public policy, but the idea of need has not been treated with adequate sophistication. This highly informal paper suggests a distinction between "primary" and "derivative" needs which may have important implications for policy theory and policy choices. Different strategies are required for meeting different types of need, as is illustrated by a number of examples from problems of public policy. 8 pp.

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