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A Right to Care?Unpaid Work in European Employment Law$
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Nicole Busby

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579020

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579020.001.0001

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Theoretical Perspectives on Work and Care

Theoretical Perspectives on Work and Care

(p.17) 2 Theoretical Perspectives on Work and Care
A Right to Care?

Nicole Busby (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter seeks a suitable theoretical perspective from which to develop the proposal for a right to care. Established theories of equality and distributive justice are used to illustrate the proposal's compatibility with liberalism which, it is asserted, has been dominated, in recent years by a particular strain of neo-liberal economic theory. In seeking to reassert the original and arguably more sustainable conception of liberalism, reference is made to the work of leading theorists such as Dworkin and Rawls. However, what is missing from the work of such theorists is full consideration of the gender dimension, specifically women's position within the family and in the wider society. Sen's Capability Approach is suggested as an alternative theoretical framework as its foundations lie in liberal theory and it is capable of incorporating the gender dimension of the work/care conflict.

Keywords:   theoretical perspective, liberalism, Rawls, Dworkin, Sen, Capability Approach, equality, liberal theory

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