Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (1):87-104 (2006)

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Jeremy Moss
University of New South Wales
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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.
Keywords Philosophy   Ontology   Political Philosophy   Ethics
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-006-0595-1
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