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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

Social Justice: Rights, Equality, Need
Social justice: Rights, equality, need

In a sense, there is only one principle of justice – that every individual should get his or her due. But what is due to each is made up of a complex mixture of elements (entitlements that arise from equal membership, from particular merits, and from acknowledged needs), and derived from a number of different ‘spheres of justice’, each with its own criteria for distributing its goods.1 Any new perspective on social justice is required to juggle these elements – reordering them and rearticulating the connections between them – and to reprioritize these spheres, giving a revised account of ...

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