Welfare Contractualism

Stuart White

in The Civic Minimum

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780198295051
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600319 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Welfare Contractualism

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This chapter examines the practice of welfare contractualism from the standpoint of fair reciprocity. At first sight, welfare contractualism appears to be a legitimate practice. The work-test can be viewed as necessary to protect citizens from the unfair resource claims of those unwilling to meet their contributive obligations to the community. However, the work-test is only just if certain conditions are met. These include conditions relating to background distribution of assets and opportunities, and the structure and design of the work enforcement regime.

Keywords: welfare contractualism; work-test; fair reciprocity; justice

Chapter.  10453 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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