`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.

‘…Waiting for Something else’: Welfare Futures

‘…Waiting for Something else’: Welfare Futures

‘…Waiting for something else’: Welfare futures

The widespread acceptance on much of the Left that the market has triumphed, that there is no alternative to neo-liberalism, has meant that until very recently there has been very little consideration of welfare futures, of what form ‘the good society’ might take. In part, this is because, for some commentators like Fukuyama (1992), we already live in the best of all possible worlds – the good society has arrived in the shape of neo-liberalism and Western-style democracy. For others, discussion of welfare futures is regarded as frankly naïve, since the two projects which have dominated thinking about welfare and social change for most of the twentieth century – social democracy in the West, ...

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