Introduction: Themed Section on Social Welfare and Social Democracy

Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2002) Introduction: Themed Section on Social Welfare and Social Democracy. Social Policy and Society, 1 (1). pp. 35-36. ISSN 1474-7464. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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For much of the post-war period, the advanced industrial nations of Europe congratulated themselves on having it both ways: successful capitalist economies which also provided effective welfare states – affluence plus social justice. Commentators have traditionally seen social democracy as the friend of social welfare. More recently, the virtuous liaison of social democratic politics with successful democratic welfare capitalism has been called into question. Welfare states face pressures from economic globalisation, population ageing, spending constraint and changes in labour markets and in family patterns; it is argued that traditional social democratic approaches find it difficult to pursue policies that will enable welfare states to adapt and continue to combine high social standards with economic growth in the changed conditions of the twenty-first century. In short, the social democratic welfare state is outmoded.

Item Type: Article
Projects: [13] Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change
Additional information: Introduction to themed section, designed and edited by Peter Taylor-Gooby
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: 08 Sep 2008 18:50
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 09:34
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