Social insurance and the argument from autonomy
2013 (English)In: Public Reason, ISSN 2065-7285, E-ISSN 2065-8958, Vol. 5, no 1, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In recent decades politicians and policy-makers have emphasised the need to shift from a "passive" to an "active" welfare state. This has resulted in policies that reduce compensation rates in social insurance or make compensation conditional on different requirements such as participation in rehabilitation or vocational training. This article argues that such policies are justified if they tend to ensure an adequate level of personal autonomy. To that effect, a 'thick' conception of personal autonomy is spelled out based on Norman Daniels' extension of the principle of fair equality of opportunity. Some objections to policies limiting entitlement to social insurance are discussed. It is argued that although the objections fail to show that limited entitlement to social insurance is always unjustified, they identify considerations that must be taken into account for an overall assessment of such policies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 5, no 1, 1-17 p.
Active welfare state, Autonomy, Justification, Social insurance
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-139124ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84890740581OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-139124DiVA: diva2:686907
QC 201401132014-01-132014-01-072015-01-21Bibliographically approved