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This critical and highly topical introduction to the current debates and politics surrounding welfare reform in the United Kingdom and the United States explains the origins and main tenets of the Blair-Clinton orthodoxy.
Central to the book is an examination of this orthodoxy's appeal to the concept of social justice. Bill Jordan demonstrates how values derived from the family and voluntary associations are in danger of running counter to the more fundamental principles of liberal democracy and the requirements of transnational economic exchange. He links the new politics of welfare to liberal and communitarian theories of citizenship and social justice, and assesses the broader prospects for European social policy in the struggle over economic and political integration.
‘For more than a decade, Bill Jordan has been one of our most thoughtful and independent thinkers on the future of welfare. Anyone who wants to know more about what is happening to global welfare and why and how it should be changed should read this book’ – Chris Pierson, Department of Politics, University of Nottingham
Chapter 2: The Labour Market as the Key to Social Justice
The Labour Market as the Key to Social Justice
It may seem strange to start the analysis of social justice issues in present-day societies with the specific topic of the labour market. A more logical structure for the book might appear to require a preliminary review of theories of social justice, and how their principles apply to current economic circumstances.
However, so powerful is the influence of the new Blair-Clinton orthodoxy on the politics of welfare that it is far easier to come at general questions of social justice through an analysis of its ...