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With regard to the main concern of this paper, that is, the fate of long-term welfare recipients in the context of welfare reform, Rawls's definition of least advantaged people is critically problematic as well.
It is important to note that Rawls is extremely cautious and highly respectful in venturing to define/identify least advantaged members of society.
In the context of work, he asks, "Are the least advantaged, then, those who live on welfare and surf all day off Malibu?" (2001, p.
First, Rawlsian justice would condone the work first stipulation of welfare reform because work or wage employment in a market economy is the critical obligation of least advantaged people to reap the benefits of Rawlsian distributive justice.