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The Double Crisis of the Welfare State and What We Can Do About It

Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2013) The Double Crisis of the Welfare State and What We Can Do About It. Palgrave, Basingstoke, 144 pp. ISBN 978-1-137-32810-6. (doi:10.2139/ssrn.2282546) (KAR id:33609)


The NHS, education, social care, local government, employment services, social housing and benefits for the poor face major challenges from a government determined to entrench a radical and divisive liberalism permanently in British public life. This book analyses the immediate challenges from headlong cuts that bear most heavily on women, families and the poor, and from a root-and-branch restructuring which will fragment and privatise the bulk of public services. It sets this in the context of escalating inequalities and the longer-term pressures from population ageing. It demonstrates that a more humane and generous welfare state that will build inclusiveness is possible by combining policies that limit child poverty, promote more equal outcomes from health care and education, introduce a greater contributory element into social benefits, invest in better child and elder care and address low wages and workplace rights. It shows that such policies are affordable because they follow the long-term trajectory of welfare state spending across the UK and other developed countries. It analyses the political forces that can be marshalled to support these shifts and shows that, with political leadership, the welfare state can attract mass support.

Item Type: Book
DOI/Identification number: 10.2139/ssrn.2282546
Uncontrolled keywords: Welfare State; crisis; austerity; welfare reform; contribution; minimum wage; progressive welfare; leadership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: Organisations -1 not found.
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2013 14:52 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2023 11:32 UTC
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