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The Civic MinimumOn the Rights and Obligations of Economic Citizenship$
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Stuart White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295057.001.0001

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Welfare Contractualism

Welfare Contractualism

(p.129) Chapter 6 Welfare Contractualism
The Civic Minimum

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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

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