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

Jeremy Moss
University of New South Wales
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.
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-006-0595-1
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