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Social Welfare: Why and How?

1st Edition

By Noel W Timms


314 pages

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Originally published in 1980, Social Welfare: Why and How? is a collection of papers contributing to the subject of welfare philosophy, and to philosophising about and doing welfare. It advances emerging arguments concerning the growth grounds and uses of social welfare. The book is divided into two main sections, the first looks at the growth and the grounds of social welfare and the second looks at the practice of social welfare. The collection of papers provides a multi-disciplinary look at the subject through the lens of philosophy, social policy, social work and economics.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Part I: The Growth and the Grounds of Social Welfare

1. The Welfare State and ‘Post-Industrial’ Values, Alex Robinson

2. Needs, Welfare and Political Allegiance, Peter Taylor-Gooby

3. The Market and Welfare Services: Remedial Values, R.S. Downie

4. The Rehabilitation of the Market in Social Policy, David Heald

5. Choice, Markets, and Welfare, Alf Davey

6. Needs and Welfare, Raymond Plant

7. Rights, Welfare and Stigma, Peter Jones

8. Richard Titmus: Social Policy and Social Life, David Watson

9. Altruism, Duty and the Welfare State, Robert Sugden

Part II: Models of Welfare and the Practice of Welfare

10. Galbraith and Social Welfare, David Reisman

11. Helping the Disadvantaged, Vernon Pratt

12. Respect or Persons and Social Work: Social Work as ‘Doing Philosophy’, Nicolas Ragg

13. Procedural Fairness and Rationing the Social Services, Albert Weale

14. ‘The Social Work Task’: A Rulebook for Social Work?, Paul Dolan

15. Personal Needs and Moral Dilemmas: Some Examples from Social Work, Ian Sinclair


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General