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Welfare: The legitimacy of state provision

Rachel S. Turner

in Neo-Liberal Ideology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780748632688
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632688.003.0006
Welfare: The legitimacy of state provision

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This chapter focuses on the concept of welfare in neo-liberal ideology, outlining the differences and similarities between the welfare measures pursued in Germany, Britain, and the United States in the post-war years. It then looks in depth at neo-liberalism's reaction to these forms of welfarism, and relates this reaction back to neo-liberalism's understanding of other liberal concepts such as freedom, individual rights, and justice. The chapter then examines neo-liberal policy regimes in relation to welfare in Germany, Britain, and the United States. Its main point is that neo-liberalism holds distinct conceptions of welfare – de-politicised conceptions – which form an integral part of its anti-collectivist value system.

Keywords: welfare measures; Germany; Britain; United States; welfarism; neo-liberal policy; anti-collectivist

Chapter.  10895 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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