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The right to a minimum income: between Mead and Van Parijs

Amilcar Moreira

in The activation dilemma

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420466
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420466.003.0002
The right to a minimum income: between Mead and Van Parijs

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This chapter discusses the arguments posed by Philippe Van Parijs and Mead on the issue of the right to minimum income. Their arguments, which typify the fundamental standpoints in the literature, failed to provide an adequate justification of the right to a minimum income. Reflecting on the difficulties faced by Mead and Van Parijs, the chapter argues that a more satisfactory alternative is possible. This alternative can only be successful if it is set in the context of an ontological framework that concentrates on advancing an individual's personal development, but recognises its social bases, and the obligations that this imposes, and encompasses a more significant view of the role of the market as a mechanism of social regulation. Discussed in this chapter are: the right to minimum income in political theory; debate on the right to minimum income theory; Mead, Van Parijs, and the right to income theory; and foundations for an adequate justification of the right to minimum income.

Keywords: right; minimum income; personal development; Mead; Van Parijs

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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