Critical Analysis of Some Well-Intended Proposals to Fight Unemployment
AbstractIn this paper it is asked whether it is meaningful to state a ‘right to work’ as a basic human right to be written down in the constitution, for example, whether working time should generally be reduced, and whether those who do not have (or find) a job should get a guaranteed minimal income. All three demands have to be rejected, at least in the radical form in which they are often stated. They cannot be realised at all or at least not without impairing other basic human rights. Finally, it is asked what can be retained from these (usually well-intended) demands.
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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Unemployment; Right to Work; Working Time; Negative Income Tax; Basic Income;
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