Modernising Social Welfare

Modernising Social Welfare

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Taylor & Francis


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Modernising Social Welfare

The 1997 election marked the prospect for a new era in social welfare - the possibility of establishing a third phase in the postwar history of the welfare state (the first being the creation of the Keynesian welfare state, the second being the Thatcher/major neo-liberal reforms). The key aim of this book is to critically explore the options for the future of welfare under `New Labour's'. The welfare state that the new Labour's government has inherited from the Conservatives is widely believed to be in a critical condition. At the same time, there is evidence of widening social inequality in Britain which existing social policy measures fail to address. Whilst acknowledging that future welfare strategies must operate within the market discipline, the key argument of this book is that welfare providers should operate within a more accountable and democratic environment where service-users have the right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their welfare - regardless of the ability to pay. The book will conclude that the dominant discourse continuing to shape social policy in Britain - viz. that globalization constrains a nation's ability to confront social exclusion - should not be accepted uncritically and that there are very real economic (as well as social) benefits from taking measures to address social disadvantage. Moreover, Modernising social welfare does not necessitate a return to monopolistic and costly state-run forms of welfare provision. Indeed, market processes have now been firmly established within welfare organizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781840143874
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.83(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

The emergence of `New' Labour's; The development of social policy; `Welfare' perspectives; Health policies; Education policies; Housing policies; Income maintenance policies; `family' policies; `Modernising' welfare; Index.

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