European Journal of Political Theory 16 (2):143-163 (2017)

Andrea Sangiovanni
King's College London
The Cameron government has recently negotiated a deal with the EU which permits the UK to restrict access to in-work benefits for recent EU migrants in the first four years of residence. Withdrawing access to in-work benefits will lead to significant inequalities in pay between British workers and their EU equivalents working at the same job, in the same general situation. The proposal has been widely decried as discriminatory. Is it? I do not, in this article, ask the legal question: Does it violate anti-discrimination norms implicit in the treaties? Rather, I will ask the moral question underlying the legal one: Would, say, Polish citizens denied in-work benefits that British citizens receive be victims of wrongful discrimination? This question deserves consideration not simply because it will help us to evaluate some of the central concerns at stake in the Brexit debates but also because it will allow us to explore the role of norms against discrimination according to nationality within the EU, to address the nature of the European commitment to freedom of movement, and, in the reverse direction, to better understand our own moral commitment to anti-discrimination norms.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/1474885116654636
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 50,241
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Problem of Global Justice.Thomas Nagel - 2005 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 33 (2):113-147.
Distributive Justice, State Coercion, and Autonomy.Michael Blake - 2001 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 30 (3):257-296.
Global Justice, Reciprocity, and the State.Andrea Sangiovanni - 2007 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 35 (1):3–39.
What is Discrimination?Sophia Moreau - 2010 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 38 (2):143-179.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Indirect Discrimination is Not Necessarily Unjust.Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen - 2014 - Journal of Practical Ethics 2 (2):33-57.
Looks-Based Hiring and Wrongful Discrimination.Samuel V. Bruton - 2015 - Business and Society Review 120 (4):607-635.
Discrimination by Generality.J. Carl Ficarrotta - 1996 - Public Affairs Quarterly 10 (3):203-217.
Compensatory Discrimination.J. P. Day - 1981 - Philosophy 56 (215):55 - 72.
Compensatory Discrimination.Patrick Day - 1981 - Philosophy 56:55.


Added to PP index

Total views
26 ( #373,722 of 2,325,132 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #301,436 of 2,325,132 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes