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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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Unconditional basic income and duties of contribution: exploring the republican ethos of justice

Unconditional basic income and duties of contribution: exploring the republican ethos of justice

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(p.281) 13 Unconditional basic income and duties of contribution: exploring the republican ethos of justice
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Welfare to Work in Contemporary European Welfare States
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Simon Birnbaum

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340010.003.0013

Do welfare states promote social justice when they demand that individuals must work in return for social benefits? This chapter explores a novel approach to this question, based on the idea of a republican ethos of justice. The analysis brings out important reasons for why duties of contribution have a significant role to play in the quest for a just welfare state, based on the demands of political community, civic virtues, and anti-oligarchic commitments. However, this does not lead to the justification of welfare conditionality. By contrasting the republican ethos with the philosophy of productive reciprocity, the author instead shows how the political discourse of duty and community offers weighty arguments in defence of aims associated with unconditional basic income. Placing active citizenship and resistance to domination in focus, republicans have good reasons to favour basic income-oriented solutions over compliant productivism.

Keywords:   republican ethos, basic income, active citizenship, contributive duty, civic virtue, justice, reciprocity

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