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Welfare reform as governance reform: the prospects of a governmentality perspective

Paul Henman

in Administering welfare reform

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346520
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346520.003.0002
Welfare reform as governance reform: the prospects of a governmentality perspective

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This chapter discusses welfare administration, beginning with the argument that welfare reform is governance reform. It notes that a coherent analytical framework is needed in order to supplement a critical understanding of the topic. The discussion then introduces the concept of a Foucaldian governmentality analytic, and demonstrates how it can be applied to welfare reform.

Keywords: welfare administration; welfare reform; governance reform; analytical framework; Foucaldian govermentality analytic

Chapter.  8041 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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