Libertarianism Left and Right, the Lockean Proviso, and the Reformed Welfare State

Social Theory and Practice 36 (1):21-43 (2010)
This paper explores the implications of libertarianism for welfare policy. There are two central arguments. First, the paper argues that if one adopts a libertarian framework, it makes most sense to be a Lockean right-libertarian. Second, the paper argues that this form of libertarianism leads to the endorsement of a fairly extensive set of redistributive welfare programs. Specifically, the paper argues that Lockean right-libertarians are committed to endorsing welfare programs under which the receipt of benefits is conditional on meeting a work requirement, and also endorsing some form of publicly funded jobs of last resort for potential welfare recipients
Keywords Lockean proviso  right-libertarianism  left-libertarianism  welfare policy  workfare
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DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract20103612
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