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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

An Alternative Programme
An alternative programme

So far, I have criticized the new orthodoxy on welfare because its policy programme cannot deliver the measures for social justice that it proclaims as its goals. But now I must start to show that there are other ways of achieving these goals, by combining active inclusion in the common good with individual security and autonomy. In this chapter I shall outline an alternative approach to social justice in a global context, and sketch a policy programme to implement the measures that might come ...

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