Welfare

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This is the second edition of a well-established study of perhaps the most controversial and contested concept in the social sciences. The book traces the historical origins of welfare to eighteenth-century sources in moral and social philosophy and shows how, in the evolution of the concept, doctrines of welfare have been associated with a variety of social philosophies, including utilitarianism, rights, individualism and collectivism. The result is a well-rounded text for students of politics, sociology and ...
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Overview

This is the second edition of a well-established study of perhaps the most controversial and contested concept in the social sciences. The book traces the historical origins of welfare to eighteenth-century sources in moral and social philosophy and shows how, in the evolution of the concept, doctrines of welfare have been associated with a variety of social philosophies, including utilitarianism, rights, individualism and collectivism. The result is a well-rounded text for students of politics, sociology and social policy, and an essential reference for researchers as well as those with a wider interest in the welfare state.
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Barry (politics, U. of Buckingham) traces the origins of welfare from its beginnings in early utilitarian social philosophy to its full articulation in the theories of citizenship and community that emerged in criticism of 19th century capitalism. He considers the meaning of welfare and its connection with other concepts, particularly social justice, equality, freedom, and rights. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816632251
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Concepts Social Thought Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
1 The Idea of Welfare in Political Thought 1
2 Utilitarianism and the Origins of Welfare Philosophy 15
3 Anti-individualism: From the Minimal State to the Welfare State 30
4 Liberal Political Economy and Welfare 43
5 The Critique of Individualism and the Ethics of Welfare 61
6 Justice, Equality and Welfare 78
7 Welfare, the Welfare State and Politics 92
8 Welfare: A Postscript 121
Notes 139
Select Bibliography 147
Index 152
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