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Sanford F. Schram

In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 24: Neoliberalizing the Welfare State: Marketizing Social Policy/Disciplining Clients

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Neoliberalizing the Welfare State: Marketizing Social Policy/Disciplining Clients
Neoliberalizing the Welfare State: Marketizing Social Policy/Disciplining Clients
Sanford F. Schram
Introduction

We live during a time of transformation for the welfare state. Across the developed world but elsewhere too, changes in social welfare policies reflect the growing influence of the market-centered philosophy of neoliberalism (Schram, 2015: Ch. 1). It has become the default logic for public policymaking today. A long time in coming to ascendancy, neoliberalism arose in response as the welfare state gained traction during and after the Great Depression of the 1930s (Peck, 2011). Neoliberalism's basic tenets were promulgated by Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Gary Becker. It came to be associated with the ‘Chicago School’ of ...

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