Maximum convergence on a just minimum: A pluralist justification for European Social Policy

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Abstract

There is widespread agreement that the European Union is presently suffering from a lack of social justice. Yet there is significant disagreement about what the relevant injustice consists in: Federalists believe the EU can only remedy its justice deficit through the introduction of direct interpersonal transfers between people living in separate states. Intergovernmentalists believe the justice-related purpose of the EU is to enable states to cooperate fairly, and to remain internally just and democratic in the face of increased global pressure on welfare states. I suggest that despite their fundamental differences, many of the most reasonable and prominent philosophical accounts of social justice in the EU nonetheless converge in their institutional prescriptions. In particular, they may each serve as a justificatory basis for introducing the European social minimum, an EU-wide income support scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164
Number of pages187
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Theory
Volume16
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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