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Making the Case for the Welfare State

Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2015) Making the Case for the Welfare State. Policy and Politics, 43 (4). pp. 597-614. ISSN 0305-5736. (doi:10.1332/147084414X14081190124376) (KAR id:48586)

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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 state welfare and in the way the issues are understood, the trilemma that pro-welfare policy-making faces, proposals for new directions in policy and a reform programme that might help build a more inclusive welfare discourse. It argues that any government that wishes to build a more inclusive society must implement policies that progressively reframe the way people think about work, reward and the role of government.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/147084414X14081190124376
Uncontrolled keywords: Welfare state; social risks; redistribution; reframing; social inclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 16:00 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 10:58 UTC
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