Social Justice and Income Support Policies

Authored by: Greg Marston

Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620437
eBook ISBN: 9781315857534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934011


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This essay focuses on social justice and income support policies; specifically the publicly funded income support policies that have developed in Western welfare states in the post-war period. The first section will define the parameters of social justice conceptions that have direct relevance to income support systems. I will focus on social justice as having four key dimensions: redistribution, recognition, representation and temporal justice. I will take the lead from Nancy Fraser’s (1997) theories of justice and other theorists who acknowledge the importance of the cultural and the material dimension.

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