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Participation and Solidarity in a Changing Welfare State

Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2018) Participation and Solidarity in a Changing Welfare State. In: Beresford, Peter and Carr, Sarah, eds. Social Policy First Hand. Policy Pres, Bristol, pp. 22-33. ISBN 978-1-4473-3236-7. E-ISBN 978-1-4473-3237-4. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Participation requires that the less powerful groups succeed in making their voices heard. Such groups often have few resources other than their numbers, so that concerted action within a democratic framework is essential. The various welfare states that emerged during the past century rested in different ways on traditions of national male breadwinner working class solidarity, often in class-coalition with middle class groups and supported by an active trade union movement. Welfare policies in the post-war heyday of corporate capitalism reinforced this solidarity. More recently the post-war settlement has been eroded by globalisation, the shift from manufacturing to a service economy, the decline of the nation state, insistent pressures from women’s groups and others for greater equality and the emergence of new social risks. The new welfare state settlement is market liberal rather than neo-Keynesian. These shifts disempower the groups that were able to influence the traditional welfare state but empowers new groups affected by new social risks and by globalisation. The key question for a politics of participation is whether these groups can form solidarities that enable them to exert real influence.

Item Type: Book section
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Welfsoc: Our Children's Europe
Uncontrolled keywords: Participation; Solidarity; Welfare state; Neo-liberalism; Globalisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
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: 23 Jul 2018 12:19 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67931 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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