Beyond Entitlement: The Social Obligations of Citizenship

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Free Press, 1986 - Political Science - 318 pages
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Examines the effects of social welfare policies and argues that the poor should be entitled to benefits only if they fulfill the responsibilities of citizenship.

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Beyond entitlement: the social obligations of citizenship

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The main problem with the welfare state, Mead asserts, is its permissiveness, not its size. Too much emphasis is given to "taking'' (entitlements) and not enough to "giving'' (social obligations). The ... Read full review


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Mead is a professor of politics at New York University and was a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institute.

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