➤ Definition of the term ‘WelfareState’
➤ What is included as part of the WelfareState
➤ Basic principles of the WelfareState
➤ The future of the WelfareState
This short chapter is designed to introduce the subject of the WelfareState as
a complete concept before we discuss some of its individual elements –
education, health and social security – in further chapters. The origins and
principles of the WelfareState will be discussed and the changing attitude of
the parties and their policy makers to it will be traced.
This book seeks to review the state of political issues early in the twenty-first century, when New Labour is in its second term of office. As part of the updating process it became necessary to choose which political issues are important. The book includes the main issues which appear in current Advanced Level Politics syllabuses. In the case of Edexcel, which offers a specific political issues option in its A2 specification, all the specified issues have been included. The book deals with the process of constitutional and political change which are issues in themselves. It also includes material on constitutional reform (incorporating the recent development of human rights in Britain), and devolution. The book includes the global recession and other recent political developments and looks at the important issues in British politics since 1945. It examines the key issues of British politics today: economic policy, the Welfare State, law and order, environment policy, Northern Ireland, issues concerning women, European integration and the European Union, and the impact of the European Union on Britain. The book also deals with the European Union and Britain's relationship to it. Finally, it must be emphasised that Britain's relationship to the European Union is in itself a political issue which has fundamentally changed the party system.
Vaccinating Britain investigates the relationship between the British public and vaccination policy since 1945. It is the first book to examine British vaccination policy across the post-war period and covers a range of vaccines, providing valuable context and insight for those interested in historical or present-day public health policy debates. Drawing on government documents, newspapers, internet archives and medical texts it shows how the modern vaccination system became established and how the public played a key role in its formation. British parents came to accept vaccination as a safe, effective and cost-efficient preventative measure. But occasional crises showed that faith in the system was tied to contemporary concerns about the medical profession, the power of the state and attitudes to individual vaccines. Thus, at times the British public demanded more comprehensive vaccination coverage from the welfare state; at others they eschewed specific vaccines that they thought were dangerous or unnecessary. Moreover, they did not always act uniformly, with “the public” capable of expressing contradictory demands that were often at odds with official policy. This case study of Britain’s vaccination system provides insight into the relationship between the British public and the welfare state, as well as contributing to the historiography of public health and medicine.
Given the significant similarities and differences between the welfare states of Northern Europe and their reactions to the perceived 'refugee crisis' of 2015, the book focuses primarily on the three main cases of Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Placed in a wider Northern European context – and illustrated by those chapters that also discuss refugee experiences in Norway and the UK – the Danish, Swedish and German cases are the largest case studies of this edited volume. Thus, the book contributes to debates on the governance of non-citizens and the meaning of displacement, mobility and seeking asylum by providing interdisciplinary analyses of a largely overlooked region of the world, with two specific aims. First, we scrutinize the construction of the 2015 crisis as a response to the large influx of refugees, paying particular attention to the disciplinary discourses and bureaucratic structures that are associated with it. Second, we investigate refugees’ encounters with these bureaucratic structures and consider how these encounters shape hopes for building a new life after displacement. This allows us to show that the mobility of specific segments of the world’s population continues to be seen as a threat and a risk that has to be governed and controlled. Focusing on the Northern European context, our volume interrogates emerging policies and discourses as well as the lived experiences of bureaucratization from the perspective of individuals who find themselves the very objects of bureaucracies.
everything in the economic sphere and its
disintegration of tradition in the social sphere.
Globalisation has uprooted people symbolically as well as materially. A growing
‘impulse’ for social protection has received little response from the receding
welfarestate. 3 In the absence of an economic
resolution, the assertion of cultural sovereignty has become a fuite en
arrière – a retreat, to nostalgic fantasies of grandeur, fascistic tropes
of national belonging and religious fundamentalisms. 4 Ressentiment has given rise to diverse anti
first review the latter’s greatest achievement.
A characteristic of late-modernity, at least in relation to the global North, 3 is what Nikolas Rose has called the ‘death
of the social’ ( Rose, 1996 ). This demise is
usually equated with the roll-back of the welfarestate. Originally meant as a collective
insurance-based shield against market forces, since the 1980s the welfarestate has been
residualised through means-testing, privatisation, cuts and the politics of austerity. Companies
and businesses, however
Understanding the violence of the benevolent welfare state in Norway
The trauma of waiting: understanding the
violence of the benevolent welfarestate
Bisrat, a refugee from Eritrea, was granted asylum in Norway after a relatively short waiting period of ten months. However, it took another two
years before he was settled in a municipality. Asked about how he experienced his time in the reception centre after he was granted asylum, Bisrat
answered as follows:
It completely changed my behaviour. It is difficult when you have to spend
three years of your life waiting for something. It is a very expensive
➤ The principles of social security in the WelfareState
➤ Review of how social security developed up to 1979
➤ Description and analysis of the reforms and new attitude to social security
under the Conservatives after 1979
➤ Analysis of New Labour’s attitude to social security after 1997
BEVERIDGE: FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE
The Beveridge Report of 1942 which heralded in
the post-war WelfareState proposed a compreA form of taxation levied on
hensive National Insurance system which would
those in work and employers.
In Beyond Left and Right
Giddens identifies an inversion of Left–Right politics and an
exhaustion of post-war political traditions in which the
Conservatives have appropriated the radical agenda through their
adoption of neo-liberalism. Social democrats in the Labour Party, on
the other hand, have retreated into a backward
between the adoption of the 1989
Berlin Programme and the 2007 Hamburg Programme. The analysis will
centre on whether and how the meaning of social justice – together with
freedom and solidarity at the core of the SPD’s values – has changed and
how this change is reflected in the SPD’s concept of the welfarestate and
its labour market policies.
The Third Way: revisionism in the 1990s
The Third Way debate emerged as a collaborative effort of academics, thinktank experts, and politicians in the UK from where it influenced mainly
Western European parties of the centre