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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

The Scope for Self-Responsibility and Private Provision
The scope for self-responsibility and private provision

The existence of a world market gives important advantages to mobile individuals who can shift their resources quickly. It penalizes those who are tied to particular locations and relationships. In this chapter I shall show that the greater choices offered to individuals through globalization have consequences which are not adequately addressed in the new politics of welfare.

The new Blair-Clinton orthodoxy on social justice gives a higher priority to self-responsibility than was granted to it ...

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