Liberal Welfare States and Immigrants’ Social Rights

Diane Sainsbury

in Welfare States and Immigrant Rights

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654772
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744747 | DOI:
Liberal Welfare States and Immigrants’ Social Rights

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This chapter deals with the two liberal regime countries — the US and the UK — and how the defining properties of the liberal welfare regime, such as heavy reliance on means tested benefits and market solutions, have influenced immigrants' social rights. The chapter begins with the USA, which has been regarded as the prototype of the liberal welfare regime, and then moves to the UK. For each country, the basic features of social provision, the nature of the incorporation regime, and the broad contours of immigration are discussed. Then formal inclusion of immigrants in social provision, the impact of retrenchment, welfare state restructuring, and changes in the incorporation regime on immigrants' social rights are examined. The chapter concludes with a comparison of the two countries' welfare regimes and incorporation regimes, emphasizing how similarities and differences affect immigrants' social rights.

Keywords: USA; UK; liberal welfare regime; means tested benefits; market solutions; retrenchment; welfare state restructuring; immigrants' social rights

Chapter.  12837 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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