Consent and Exploitation

  • Clement LooEmail author
  • Robert A. SkipperJr.
Part of the Palgrave Series in Bioethics and Public Policy book series (PSBPP)


We argue that Elliott’s four-element account of informed consent can be adapted to create a test to identify potential instances of exploitation. Exploitation is often defined as involving two parts: (1) an exchange resulting in an unfair distribution of benefits and costs where (2) the party that experiences the greater proportion of costs enters into the exchange in part due to limits to their autonomy. Consent, as it is framed by Elliott, can be a useful concept for identifying when (2) obtains.


Autonomy Competence Consent Disclosure Exploitation Understanding Voluntariness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Minnesota, MorrisMorrisUSA
  2. 2.University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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