The New Labour government in the UK is committed to a programme of reform of the welfare state that will pull away safety nets and replace them by trampolines, to bounce citizens back into active participation. Its regime of 'tough love' will make more demands on those claiming benefits and services, as well as clamping down on dependencey, fraud and crime. This will be done by changing the culture of welfare agencies, towards promoting achievement and independence, as well as meeting 'genuine need'. In Social Work and the Third Way, Bill Jordan provides an accessible and lively analysis of the tensions between 'toughness' and 'love' in the Third Way's political philosophy, and the problems of implementing New Labour

Reasons, Motives and Evidence: The Theoretical Basis of the Third Way and Social Work

Reasons, motives and evidence: The theoretical basis of the third way and social work

Although the Third Way introduces new collectivist ideas, and especially the idea of community, into UK political culture, it does not radically shift from the theoretical basis of the reforms of the Thatcher–Major period. This was – and still is – an economic analysis of the main forces driving individual actions and strategies, and the best means of modelling the interactions that make up a political society. In other words, the communitarian ethics analysed in the previous chapter are grafted on to a neo-liberal model of what motivates citizens and how to influence their decisions towards more socially ...

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