Chapter

A Duty to Avoid State Dependency?

Andrew Mason

in Living Together as Equals

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606245
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741562 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606245.003.0004
A Duty to Avoid State Dependency?

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The question of whether citizens have an unconditional entitlement to welfare benefits and health care is one of the main contexts in which the debate about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship has taken place. One way in which it might seem we can steer a path through this debate, neither denying such an entitlement nor the responsibility of the citizen, is to argue that citizens have a duty to avoid becoming dependent upon state aid, including a duty to lead a healthy life so that they reduce the demands that they place upon the state’s health-care provision. Whether such a position is available to us, however, is complex, and the justice and equal membership accounts provide us with different perspectives on the issue.

Keywords: citizenship; entitlement; responsibility; state dependency; welfare rights

Chapter.  9410 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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