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The Double Crisis of the Welfare State

Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2013) The Double Crisis of the Welfare State. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, 8-10 July 2013, Sheffield. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The UK welfare state is under unprecedented attack from (1) harsh spending cuts, focussed particularly on benefits and services for women, children, low-paid people and claimers of working age, and (2) a profound restructuring programme, which is fragmenting services and embedding private provision across the state sector. It is proving surprisingly difficult for pro-welfare state actors to make a case for generous state welfare that is both inclusive and electorally attractive. This paper analyses why this is so and what can be done about it. It discusses trends in the development of the welfare state and in discourse about the problems it faces, the trilemma that pro-welfare policy-making faces, various new directions in policy and a reform programme that might help build a more inclusive welfare discourse. The arguments are necessarily compressed in a paper of this length. More extended discussion and further evidence is available in Taylor-Gooby (2013a) with background in Taylor-Gooby 2013b, c, 2012a to d and Taylor-Gooby and Stoker 2011.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Crisis; Welfare State; UK; Austerity; Population Ageing; Stigma; Redistribution; Pre-distribution; Contributory Benefits; Living Wage
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 10:56 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33918 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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