Mutual Obligation and New Deal: Illegitimiate and unjustified?

Jeremy Moss

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    It is now commonplace for governments in Western countries to require the unemployed to work in exchange for their unemployment benefits. In this article I raise some serious doubts about the most promising and philosophically interesting defence of this argument, which relies on the 'principle of reciprocity'. I argue that it is seriously unclear whether the obligations imposed on welfare claimants by 'workfare' schemes are legitimate and justified according to the principle of reciprocity. I do this by reconstructing the arguments for the obligations of the unemployed put forward in both the United Kingdom and Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)87-104
    Number of pages18
    JournalEthical Theory and Moral Practice
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006


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