Opportunity and Solidarity

Taylor-Gooby, P.F. (2011) Opportunity and Solidarity. Journal of Social Policy, 40 (4). pp. 453-470. ISSN 0047-2794 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Current restructuring of provision across European welfare states emphasizes proactivity, individual responsibility and access to opportunities. Much established social protection rests on a more passive approach and seeks to provide security against the risks encountered during a normal life-course, together with some redistribution towards the poor. A more liberal individualism may suit a more globalised and post-industrial world in which the logic of markets is more powerful and the working class correspondingly weaker. From one perspective, it risks damaging the support for collective provision on which the welfare state rests. This paper uses data from the 2008 European Social Survey to examine whether the shift in responsibility for outcomes more towards individuals may threaten the political legitimacy of welfare states. It shows that a corresponding proactivity of government to secure good access to more equal opportunities for vulnerable groups is required to support individual proactivity in grasping opportunities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 13:54
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2011 14:33
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24239 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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