Beyond Welfare
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Bolodo-Taefi, V. “Beyond Welfare: A Preliminary Bahá’í Normative Framework for Economic Rights and Responsibilities”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 31, no. 1-2, Jan. 2022, pp. 45-72, doi:10.31581/jbs-31.1-2.305(2021).


Invoking a broad catalog of applicable Bahá’í principles, this paper presents the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of a Bahá’í approach to economic growth and disparity and then maps these concepts onto an applied framework of economic rights and responsibilities. The framework that emerges thus both conceptualizes the underlying virtues that govern economic prosperity in a Bahá’í model and shows how these principles might lead to normative prescriptions for economic rights and responsibilities. The paper concludes that the Bahá’í principles dealing with economic prosperity expand the theory and practice of economic justice and give rise to individual and institutional rights and responsibilities that go beyond the imperatives of conventional models of welfare.
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