`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.

‘Incentives and Punishments’: Capitalism and Welfare

‘Incentives and Punishments’: Capitalism and Welfare
‘Incentives and punishments’: Capitalism and welfare

In the The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels drew attention to the vast wealth created by capitalism.

The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together. (1848/1973: 72)

The productive forces had been revolutionised, the system was dynamic and expansive, the potential for human fulfilment immense. And this was written in 1848! Now Marx's ‘praise’ seems almost quaint, for at the start of the twenty-first century the power, wealth and productive capacity of modern capitalism is infinitely greater. As we argued in Chapter 1, however, it is clear that the vast potential and wealth of society is not used to ...

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