Justice as Welfare provides an egalitarian account of distributive justice by rethinking notions of welfare. It first considers possible forms of decentered welfare to promote communal and individual autonomy rather than the bureaucratic, centralized market-oriented control. Next, it uses theoretical resources to rethink the conventional notions of solidarity that support welfare.
Drawing on recent work in continental philosophy, Justice as Welfare suggests that welfare requires a notion of social ontology. It provides both an account of the existential context of communal risk sharing and a framework to think about desire, value, and opportunity. Noting present political and economic realities, it suggests that international strategies to control 'flight capital' are necessary to create and maintain egalitarian welfare.
Justice as Welfare aims to present a convincing theoretical account of welfare as social justice and to show how this requires the assertion of democratic control over economic and social reproduction at both national and international levels. This philosophically informed argument about egalitarian justice will appeal to anyone researching issues of social welfare, political theory, and applied political philosophy.
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About the Author
Adam Gearey is a Reader in Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was a visiting professor at the Makerere University, Uganda, The University of Pretoria, and the University of Peace, Costa Rica. He is the author of The Politics of Common Law (2009) and Law and Globalization (2005).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Community of Welfare
Chapter 1: Inside the Whale: Being With and Immunity
Chapter 2: A Short History of Decay: Welfare and the State 1945-2010
Chapter 3: The Broken Middle: Welfare, Solidarity and Economy
Chapter 4: How We Live Measures Our Own Nature: Equality, Welfare and Social Justice
Chapter 5: Associational Welfare: Self Help, Mutualism and Co-Production
Chapter 6: Paid on Both Sides: Mutuality, Reciprocity and Economy
Chapter 7: A Life's Work: Pensions, Welfare and Capital
Chapter 8: There, outside all caring...: Welfare, Immunity and Globalisation
Chapter 9: The Sense of Wel-fare
Conclusion: The Shared World