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Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State


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The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Automatic Poverty

Automatic Poverty

1st Edition

By Bill Jordan
December 15, 2020

Originally published in 1981, Automatic Poverty provides a much-needed alternative to the Radical Right’s analysis. The book argues that Britain’s economic decline is symptomatic of an advanced stage of industrialisation in which productive processes are increasingly mechanised, but output remains ...

Approaches to Welfare

Approaches to Welfare

1st Edition

Edited By Philip Bean, Stewart MacPherson
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1983 Approaches to Welfare provides a unique introduction to the study of social welfare in Britain. The contributions, by distinguished figures in the field of social welfare and social policy, explore all the dimensions of the study of social welfare demonstrating that not...

Contradictions of the Welfare State

Contradictions of the Welfare State

1st Edition

By Claus Offe, John Keane
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1984, Contradictions of the Welfare State is the first collection of Claus Offe’s essays to appear in a single volume in English. The political writings in this volume are primarily concerned with the origins of the present difficulties of welfare capitalist states, and he ...

Freedom and the Welfare State

Freedom and the Welfare State

1st Edition

By Bill Jordan
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1976, Freedom and the Welfare State, critiques the Welfare State in Britain and analyses the relationship between freedom and welfare. The book considers philosophical, literary and political expressions of the ideals of liberty, and relates them to present-day issues in ...

Not Only the Poor The Middle Classes and the Welfare State

Not Only the Poor: The Middle Classes and the Welfare State

1st Edition

Edited By Robert E Goodin, Julian Le Grand
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1987 Not Only the Poor explores the self-interested involvement of the non-poor in the welfare state, particularly the middle class. Using evidence from Britain, America, and Australia, they show that the non-poor were crucial in the founding of the welfare state, and in all...

Paupers The Making of the New Claiming Class

Paupers: The Making of the New Claiming Class

1st Edition

By Bill Jordan
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1973, Paupers looks at poverty through the lens of class and the Welfare State. The book examines those living in poverty, and the direct effects poverty has. The book follows the basis that the economic factors which gave rise to poverty, have little to do with the Welfare ...

Pressure for the Poor The Poverty Lobby and Policy Making

Pressure for the Poor: The Poverty Lobby and Policy Making

1st Edition

By Paul F. Whiteley, Stephen J. Winyard
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1987 Pressure for the Poor looks at the debate surrounding the role of pressure groups in policy making. It closely relates theories of pressure group behaviour with the findings of research into the poverty lobby in the UK. The analysis is based on interviews with leading ...

Privatisation and the Welfare State

Privatisation and the Welfare State

1st Edition

Edited By Julian Le Grand, Ray Robinson
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1984, Privatisation and the Welfare State brings together a distinguished set of experts on the Welfare State and its main policy areas of health care, housing, education and transport. Each chapter provides some much-needed analysis of privatisation policies in areas where,...

Self Help in Health and Social Welfare England and West Germany

Self Help in Health and Social Welfare: England and West Germany

1st Edition

Edited By Stephen Humble, Judith Unell
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1989, Self Help in Health and Social Welfare looks at the current World Health Organization policy that encourages self-help in health. The book suggests that this can more readily be achieved by international collaboration and exchange of ideas. England and West Germany are...

Social Security and Society

Social Security and Society

1st Edition

By Victor George
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1973, Social Security and Society examines of the dominant forces that form the British social security system and argues that social security provision is not the result of concern felt by the dominant groups in society. Instead the book suggests that it is the result of ...

Social Security: Beveridge and After

Social Security: Beveridge and After

1st Edition

By Victor George
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1968, Social Security: Beveridge and After concentrates on the development of social security in the U.K. since the Beveridge report. The book looks at the system of Social Security, since it was unified with the Ministry of Social Security, and looks at the extent to which ...

Social Welfare and the Failure of the State Centralised Social Services and Participatory Alternatives

Social Welfare and the Failure of the State: Centralised Social Services and Participatory Alternatives

1st Edition

By Roger Hadley, Stephen Hatch
August 15, 2020

Originally published in 1981 Social Welfare and the Failure of the State looks at how the 1980s have ushered in an intensification on the debate of the role of the state in social welfare. The book highlights the trends towards centralisation in modern Britain and then provides a critical argument ...

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