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Welfare to Work in Contemporary European Welfare StatesLegal, Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Justice and Domination$
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Anja Eleveld, Thomas Kampen, and Josien Arts

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340010

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340010.001.0001

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Welfare to work and the republican theory of non-domination

Welfare to work and the republican theory of non-domination

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(p.263) 12 Welfare to work and the republican theory of non-domination
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Welfare to Work in Contemporary European Welfare States
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Anja Eleveld

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340010.003.0012

This chapter examines how the republican theory of non-domination can be used for a normative analysis of WTW relationships. It is argued that Lovett’s conception of non-domination captures some of the defining elements of these relationships. However, his conception of rules is (too) strongly rooted in the ideas of reasonability and impartiality, as a result of which vulnerable people in particular are at risk of being excluded from its (potentially protective) scope. Therefore, a republican normative analysis of WTW practices should also take account of Pettit’s more inclusive, democratic account of the republican theory of non-domination that is more attentive to the need for democratic oversight over discretionary spaces of welfare officers and work supervisors.

Keywords:   Republican theory of non-domination, Frank Lovett, Philippe Pettit, Democracy, Arbitrary power

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