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Sharing ideas on welfare

Robert Walker and Michael Wiseman

in The welfare we want?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344083
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303992 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344083.003.0001
Sharing ideas on welfare

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This book suggests that welfare policy malaise is best addressed by doing something that hardly comes naturally in the USA: looking outside, specifically to Britain. Over the past 5 years, welfare reform in Britain has in many ways moved beyond what has been accomplished in the USA. It is argued that results are worthy of attention as a source of ideas or points of reference for the resumed US debate over welfare and connecting social assistance to work. This book concerns the potential contribution of British experience to US policy perspectives on the issues on how to engender and sustain political support for providing adequate benefits for those without alternatives; how to integrate multiple programmes to promote work; how to focus policy on meaningful goals; and how to link policy evolution to programme experience. Welfare reform is recognised to be less important in itself than as one interrelated element in a coordinated policy response to social and economic change. Reform is part of modernizing government and the labour market to equip individuals and society better to succeed in an increasingly open and global economy.

Keywords: welfare; policy; Britain; social assistance; reform; government

Chapter.  8200 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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