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The Individual and the Citizen

While striving to preserve a minimal degree of equality and to guarantee
social ties, the welfare state must accommodate exclusion and accept
the idea of distributing financial compensations without expecting anything
in return. Thereby it does not garantee the organized competition
between the elector and the elected official which forms the basis of
representative democracy. Because of this feature, it is at odds with the
liberal tradition, and it is also in contradiction with republicanism,
which is based on the notion of an active citizenship. Dealing with the
individual rather than with the citizen, the welfare state reinforces the
mishaps of public opinion democracy.


Référence électonique : Marc SADOUN, "The Individual and the Citizen", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°94, 94 - L’État-providence, p.5-17 . Consulté le 2022-01-23 14:07:33 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Individual-and-the-Citizen.html