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This book examines the notion of risk in relation to social policy. It takes ideas about risk (as expressed by sociologists such as Ulrich Beck in Risk Society), and applies them to recent changes in welfare. The author shows neo-liberals have used various aspects of risk to attack welfare dependency, and how various rhetoric's of risk have been used to reshape contemporary politics. Social Policy and Risk makes a major contribution to our understanding of contemporary welfare politics.

Avoidance of Bads: Beck's New Ubiquity of Risk?
Avoidance of bads: Beck's new ubiquity of risk?

The attempt to submit chance to thought implies in the first place an interest in the experience … of that which happens unexpectedly … Indeed there are those of us who are inclined to think that unexpectability conditions ...

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