`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.

Introduction
Introduction

At the start of the twenty-first century, state welfare remains in crisis. In Britain this crisis is palpable. The state's long-term commitment to pensions for the elderly is under threat, existing pensions are miserly and the government refuses to restore the link with earnings. The National Health Service faces a continuing crisis of underfunding, while New Labour has made it clear that it intends to introduce substantial privatisation into the NHS by allowing commercial companies, supported and underwritten by government, to provide health care for the NHS for profit. Educational provision is becoming more fragmented, less comprehensive and more selective; again the private sector is being encouraged to take a greater role in the provision of educational services. In the Higher Education sector New ...

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