Workfare’s persistent philosophical and legal issues: forced labour, reciprocity, and a basic income guarantee

Paz-Fuchs, Amir (2020) Workfare’s persistent philosophical and legal issues: forced labour, reciprocity, and a basic income guarantee. In: Eleveld, Anja, Kampen, Thomas and Arts, Josien (eds.) Welfare to work in contemporary European welfare states: legal, sociological and philosophical perspectives on justice and domination. Bristol University Press, Bristol. ISBN 9781447340010

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Abstract

This chapter addresses four persistent legal and philosophical issues that imbue workfare, albeit usually not explicitly. First, forced labour is relatively common charge against workfare. If workfare is tantamount to forced labour, it cannot be justified, legally or morally. But to what extent do we truly object to forcing people to work? Second, the paper asks what is unique about requiring people to work? Third, we address reciprocity, probably the most persuasive, most common, and most controversial argument in justifying workfare. And finally, the chapter addresses Basic Income Guarantee, which is the mirror image of forced labour: If forced labour is the epitome of the ills of capitalism, basic income is the tool to save capitalism from itself. If forced labour is the charge, basic income is the (perceived) solution. But it also addresses the problems of conditionality. For if Basic Income is not only plausible, but morally justified, it offers a strong argument against conditioning benefits on work.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: workfare, forced labour, Duty to work, Reciprocity, Basic Income Guarantee
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research
Subjects: K Law
Depositing User: Amir Paz-Fuchs
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 07:57
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 07:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/91758

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