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Transformation of the Welfare State

Neil Gilbert

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195140743
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834921 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140745.001.0001
Transformation of the Welfare State

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This book is the outgrowth of a large‐scale comparative project on the changing landscape of the welfare state initiated by the author in 1997. In it, it is argued that the changes in welfare policy being witnessed in Europe and the USA are not marginal adjustments to the borders of the welfare state, but represent a fundamental shift or transformation in the design and philosophy of social protection. The author argues that there has been a turn away from the conventional welfare‐state emphasis on broad‐based entitlements, passive income supports, and publicly delivered benefits, towards a new ‘enabling’ approach under which welfare allocations are more selective on the bases of income and behaviour, and are activity related, and privately delivered. The shift to this ‘enabling state’ is traced, and evidence provided of how the new system promotes work and economic inclusion over protection, and how it changes the nature of social cohesion, diluting the role of government and thickening the glue of civil society. The likely readership is sociologists, political scientists, economists, historians, and social workers.

Keywords: benefits; change; enabling state; entitlement; Europe; income support; selective versus universal benefits; social policy; sociology of welfare; USA; welfare policy; welfare state

Book.  224 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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Introduction in Transformation of the Welfare State

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New Course or Marginal Adjustment? in Transformation of the Welfare State

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Toward the Enabling State in Transformation of the Welfare State

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Protection to Inclusion in Transformation of the Welfare State

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State to Market in Transformation of the Welfare State

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Universal to Selective in Transformation of the Welfare State

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Citizenship to Membership in Transformation of the Welfare State

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The Triumph of Capitalism—and Its Discontents in Transformation of the Welfare State

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