Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility / Edition 1

Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility / Edition 1

by David Schmidtz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521564611

ISBN-13: 2900521564617

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The issue of social welfare and individual responsibility has become a topic of international public debate in recent years as politicians around the world now question the legitimacy of state-funded welfare programs. David Schmidtz and Robert Goodin debate the ethical merits of individual versus collective responsibility for welfare. David Schmidtz argues that social…  See more details below

Overview

The issue of social welfare and individual responsibility has become a topic of international public debate in recent years as politicians around the world now question the legitimacy of state-funded welfare programs. David Schmidtz and Robert Goodin debate the ethical merits of individual versus collective responsibility for welfare. David Schmidtz argues that social welfare policy should prepare people for responsible adulthood rather than try to make that unnecessary. Robert Goodin argues against the individualization of welfare policy and expounds the virtues of collective responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900521564617
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
For and Against Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction
Preface
1Taking Responsibility1
1.1The Tide of Wealth3
1.2Why Isn't Everyone Destitute?24
1.3Responsibility and Community44
1.4Mutual Aid60
1.5But Is It Just?80
2Social Welfare as a Collective Social Responsibility97
2.1The Policy Context99
2.2Some Key Words in Context116
2.3Collective Responsibility145
2.4The Classic Case for Collectivization Restated155
2.5The Morality of Incentives and Deterrence172
2.6The Point of Politics190
References196
Index211

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