`I would encourage undergraduates students to read it, for it does summarise well a classical Marxist analysis of social policy and welfare' - Social Policy The anti-capitalist movement is increasingly challenging the global hegemony of neo-liberalism. The arguments against the neo-liberal agenda are clearly articulated in Rethinking Welfare. The authors highlight the growing inequalities and decimation of state welfare, and use Marxist approaches to contemporary social policy to provide a defence of the welfare state. Divided into three main sections, the first part of this volume looks at the growth of inequality, and social and environmental degradation. Part Two centres on the authors' argument for the relevance of core Marxists concepts in aiding our understanding of social policy. This section includes Marxist approaches to a range of welfare issues, and their implications for studying welfare regimes and practices. Issues covered include: · Class and class struggle · Opression · Alienation and the family The last part of the book explores the question of globalization and the consequences of international neo-liberalism on indebted countries as well as the neo-liberal agenda of the Conservative and New Labour governments in Britain. The authors conclude with the prospect of an alternative welfare future which may form part of the challenge against global neo-liberalism.

‘Was He Right All Along?’: Classical Marxism and Social Policy

‘Was He Right All Along?’: Classical Marxism and Social Policy
‘Was he right all along?’: Classical marxism and social policy

Following a decade and a half in which Marxist ideas were regarded as at best obsolete, at worst the most pernicious of all the ‘grand narratives’ decried by postmodern philosophers, Marxism has begun to re-appear on the intellectual and political agenda. The revival of interest has taken a number of different forms. At its most surprising and most populist was the successful nomination of Marx as ‘Greatest Thinker of the Millennium’ in a BBC Internet poll in 1999. The same year saw the publication of a well-received sympathetic biography of Marx by a leading British journalist (Wheen, 1999). The coincidence of the collapse of the ‘Asian ...

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