Responsibility, equality, and unemployment insurance
Title: Responsibility, equality, and unemployment insurance
Author: CAPPELEN, Cornelius
Citation: Florence : European University Institute, 2010
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
It is a central political goal to secure involuntarily unemployed individuals the same opportunities as others to pursue their conception of a good life. This goal reflects an ambition to combine an egalitarian and a liberal intuition. The egalitarian intuition is that any inequality between individuals must be justified by appealing to differences in some responsibility factors. The liberal intuition is that redistribution only can be justified by appealing to differences in some non-responsibility factors. In this dissertation I analyze how a system of unemployment insurance should ideally be designed in order to respect both the egalitarian and the liberal intuitions. The dissertation asks how the different unemployment insurance instruments, such as the UI benefit level, the entitlement conditions, the eligibility criteria, and the distribution of the costs associated with UI should ideally be designed and combined given that the aim is to maximize conformity to both the egalitarian and the liberal intuitions. The dissertation also asks how the different OECD unemployment insurance schemes have combined the egalitarian and the liberal intuitions in the design of their respective unemployment policy instruments.
LC Subject Heading: Social justice -- OECD countries; Fairness; Insurance, Unemployment -- OECD countries; Welfare state -- OECD countries
Defense Date: 12 February 2010; Examining Board: Professor Christine Chwaszcza, (EUI, Supervisor) Professor Jaap Dronkers (EUI) Professor Stein Kuhnle (University of Bergen and Hertie School of Governance) Professor Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (University of Copenhagen)
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