`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.

‘Apocalypse now’: Globalisation, Welfare and the State

‘Apocalypse now’: Globalisation, Welfare and the State
‘Apocalypse now’: Globalisation, welfare and the state

For most of the past one hundred years, the state has occupied the central role within the dominant ideologies – liberal-collectivism and social democracy – that have underpinned welfare provision in Britain and most of Western Europe. In the British context, for example, both the Conservative and Labour governments of the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s shared a view of the state as the major provider of welfare and as having a key role to play directing the economy.

Within the social democratic tradition, in fact, socialism has often been equated with such state intervention in all areas of social life, particularly in relation to economic and social activity. The notion that the ...

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